Had to smuggle weapons from Punjab to Kashmir, arrested ISJK militant spill beans

Vishal. Updated: 4/7/2021 10:54:47 AM Front Page

Jammu: Two days after the arrest, the self styled commander of Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), had spilled the beans during questioning and revealed that he was assigned a task to smuggle consignment of weapons from Punjab to Kashmir to further intensify terrorist activities in the Valley.
Intelligence sources said that arrested from Jhajjar Kotli on April 4, ISJK commander Malik Umaid alias Abdullah of Yaripora, Kulgam, during interrogation, spilled the beans and made sensational disclosures about the Punjab-Kashmir nexus.
“Umaid had disclosed that he was provided arms/ammunition and cash to intensify militancy related activities in the Kashmir region,” sources said.
“He was also told to transport a consignment of weapons and cash to the Valley for its further distribution among youth to lure them into anti-national activities,” they asserted.
“Couple of days back, an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of ISJK, handed over weapon, live cartridges and Rs 1.13 lakhs to Umaid,” sources said adding that he was also directed to collect a consignment of arms/ammunition to be dropped with the help of a drone somewhere close to the international border in Pathankot belt of adjoining Jammu and Punjab.
Sources said that Umaid also confessed that he stayed for two days in Punjab to take assigned tasks to its destination, adding, “he waited for hours at the site identified to drop weapons but instead, he was later informed that two ISJK men will hand him over the consignment.”
“He also confessed that both the men were unknown to him and he was only asked to wait along Pathankot-Jammu highway,” sources said adding that Umaid had only to transport the consignment of weapons and cash to the Kashmir valley after the men hid it in a Kashmir bound truck.
“Umaid during questioning further made a startling revelation that the weapons to be smuggled from across the border and transported to Kashmir, were supposed to carry attacks in coming days,” sources added.
“After questioned by the Special Operation Group (SOG) team, the members of National Investigation Agency (NIA) along with other intelligence agencies will interrogate Umaid for more inputs,” sources said.
They said that besides Kashmir, his network in the neighbouring Punjab is also being ascertained because shifting of terrorists to Kashmir with his connivance cannot be ruled out.
The SOG along with Jammu Police on April 4 have arrested one terrorist of ISJK outfit with one pistol, 8 rounds and cash worth rupees 1.13 lakhs.
During enquiry, the accused disclosed that he had received a delivery of weapon and cash to further carry out a terror strike in JK UT.
During initial investigation it has been found that the arrested terrorist was in touch with more operatives of the ISJK module.
Updated On 4/7/2021 10:55:12 AM

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