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 Thune Kangan was arrested along with arms and ammunition in Handwara.

“On a credible input, Handwara police along with security forces intercepted a person at a checkpoint near Chowgal and took him into custody. Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from his possession,” he said.

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

With his arrest, he said, Malik was “restrained” from joining the militant outfit. 

“A case FIR No. 87/2019 under relevant sections of law has been registered at P/S Handwara. Further investigation into the matter is going on,” he said.

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