3 J&K students arrested in Jalandhar for terror link

One is cousin of Zakir Musa of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind

Tribune News Service


Chandigarh/Jalandhar, Oct 10

Three students hailing from Jammu and Kashmir were arrested from the CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology here on Wednesday morning for suspected terror links. 

   The raid at the institute was jointly carried out by Punjab Police and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

The police claimed the students were members of a recently established module of militant outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) that may have links with the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammed. 

Jalandhar Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said one of the arrested students, Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt from Noorpura in Pulwama, was a cousin of AGH chief Zakir Musa, aka Zakir Rashid Bhat. 

The other two students were identified as Zahid Gulzar of Rajpora in Srinagar and Mohammed Idriss Shah of Pulwama. Zahid and Bhatt are CT institute students. Idriss, a student of St Soldier Management and Technical Institute, was visiting them when the three were picked up from a CT Institute hostel room. A search yielded weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle, three Italy-made pistols and explosives.

  The Police Commissioner said: “We believe they were part of a terror cell that recently set up operations here. We are keeping a watch on all educational institutes.”     

Zakir Musa, an engineer who took up arms

Srinagar: A former engineering student in Chandigarh, Zakir Musa is one of the most wanted militants in Kashmir. A resident of Noorpora village of south Kashmir’s Tral sub-district, he quit Hizbul Mujahideen last year and set up Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, an Islamist group suspected to have links with Al Qaida.

  Musa’s outfit mainly comprised members from Pulwama and Shopian. So far, 11 militants affiliated with the outfit, including two Pakistani commanders, had been killed in gunfights, he said.

  Musa had come home from Chandigarh for vacation when he joined the Hizb unit in Tral headed by Adil Mir in 2013. His teenage cousin Burhan Wani was part of the unit. After Wani’s death in 2016, Musa became Hizb chief. TNS

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