Missing Kangan youth held with arms in Handwara, stopped from joining militancy: Police

A police spokesman said that Shafat Yousuf Malik of Thune Kangan was arrested along with arms and ammunition in Handwara.
Missing Kangan youth held with arms in Handwara, stopped from joining militancy: Police

Police in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday said the youth missing from Kangan area of central Kashmir's Ganderbal district was prevented from joining a militant outfit.

A police spokesman said that Shafat Yousuf Malik of ThuneKangan was arrested along with arms and ammunition in Handwara.

"On a credible input, Handwara police along with securityforces intercepted a person at a checkpoint near Chowgal and took him intocustody. Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recoveredfrom his possession," he said.

The spokesman said that Malik was provided with arms andammunition by a militant group and was on way to join proscribed Hizb ulMujahideen outfit.

With his arrest, he said, Malik was "restrained" fromjoining the militant outfit. 

"A case FIR No. 87/2019 under relevant sections of law hasbeen registered at P/S Handwara. Further investigation into the matter is goingon," he said.

Malik's arrest comes a day after his parents made apassionate appeal for him to return home.

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