Two south Kashmir residents arrested in UP; police claim the duo affiliated with Jaish

Two south Kashmir residents arrested in UP; police claim the duo affiliated with Jaish

Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O P Singh claimed the duo posed as students and were involved in recruiting for the group, reported news agency PTI.

Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday claimed to have arrested two alleged Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants from Deoband in Saharanpur district.

Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O P Singh claimed the duo posed as students and were involved in recruiting for the group, reported news agency PTI.

Shahnawaz Ahmad Teli from Kulgam and Aquib Ahmad Malik from Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir were arrested from the seminary town on Thursday night and .32 bore pistols along with cartridges recovered from them, Singh told reporters. 

Teli and Malik, aged between 20-25 years, were living in Deoband and posing as students without taking admission anywhere, Singh said.

They were on their job to recruit for the JeM, which has claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack in Pulwama in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed, he said. 

Singh said the ATS got a tip-off about the two from an alert student after which a probe was started. The two men were arrested following surveillance.

"ATS recovered a .32 bore pistol from each of them with cartridges. Jehadi chats, videos and photos were also recovered. These are being investigated," the DGP said, adding that they will be brought to Lucknow on transit remand.

"Both are being interrogated on when they arrived from Kashmir…  How many other members are involved, have they succeeded in recruiting anyone in JeM, from where did they get funding and how much, what was their target after recruitment," the DGP said.

He said Jammu and Kashmir police supported the entire operation and the two forces will coordinate with each other in the future too. (With PTI inputs)