10 militants active in Kishtwar: IGP Jammu

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu Zone, MK Sinha, on Monday said that ten militants are active in Kishtwar, 8 of them belonging to Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen and rest to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), at the moment.

Sinha issued the statement while speaking to media persons about the recovery of narcotics from a LoC village.

The IGP said that the smuggler held from LoC village with around 12 kilograms of heroin was in contact with Hizb handlers across the border.

Sharing details, the IGP said that on May 27 this year, on specific information police in Jammu district laid a checkpoint at Vivekananda Chowk and apprehended two persons from Kashmir Valley, identified as Fayaz Ahmed Dar of Bijbehara Anantnag and Arshad Ahmed of Shopian.

He said that 216 grams of heroin and Rs 12,0,600 cash was recovered from the arrestees and then they were put to sustained interrogation and a 4-member SIT was constituted, which was headed by Amrit Pal Singh, SP North and supervised by SSP Jammu, Tejinder Singh.

During interrogation, the police officer said, “One of the arrestees, Arshad Ahmed made a revelation that there is a person by the name, Mohammad Altaf alias Hafiz of Behrooti, Kanga, a border village of Balakote sector in Mendhar, who was smuggling narcotics into India and was receiving the consignment right on the border.”

The IGP Jammu said that the SIT members visited Behrooti, Kanga village and made a recovery of 12 kilograms of heroin.

He further said that from the interrogation of Arshad Ahmed, it came to fore that Fayaz Ahmed, the other arrestee, had gone to Pakistan in January 2018.

Fayaz’s brother, Ayaz, according to the police officer is a Pakistan-trained militant of Hizbul-Mujahidin and had infiltrated into J&K, operated there (J&K) and exfiltrated back to Pakistan. Ayaz is presently living in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, the IGP Jammu, MK Sinha added.

He said that there were two threads in the case-one related to recovery and arrest from Balakote village, that has been worked out and the other related to involvement of money is being investigated from Kashmir.

Sinha, the IGP Jammu said that four bank accounts, one in ICICI bank, two in HDFC bank and one in J&K bank of Arshad have been frozen.

Asked if the money was used in militancy, the police officer said, “We’re investigating that part. We’ve frozen bank accounts and trying to find out where the money was used.

“But at this stage, I would not be convinced to say that the money was actually used in militancy. Only I could say is- we’re investigating the use of money.”

About how the drug smugglers and their handlers were in contact with each other, the IGP Jammu said, “They were using Whatsapp and VoIP calls.”