NIA to in­ves­ti­gate case of Kash­miri stu­dents ar­rested in Ja­land­har

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

CHANDI­GARH: The cen­tral and Pun­jab gov­ern­ments have de­cided to hand over the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the case in­volv­ing the ar­rest of three Kash­miri stu­dents as­so­ci­ated with An­sar Ghazwat-ul-hind (AGH) to the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA).

The three stu­dents were ar­rested last month in a joint op­er­a­tion by Pun­jab Po­lice and spe­cial op­er­a­tions group (SOG) of Jammu and Kash­mir (J&K) Po­lice from the hos­tel of CT In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing Man­age­ment and Tech­nol­ogy, Ja­land­har.

Two weapons, in­clud­ing an as­sault ri­fle, and ex­plo­sives were re­cov­ered from them.

The de­ci­sion to hand over the case to the NIA was taken af­ter dis­cus­sions be­tween the Pun­jab govern­ment and the Union min­istry of home af­fairs, said di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice Suresh Arora.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions had re­vealed that the stu­dents, iden­ti­fied as Zahid Gulzar, Mohd Idriss Shah and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt, ar­rested on Oc­to­ber 11, were as­so­ci­ated with An­sar Ghazwat-ul-hind (AGH), a Kash­mir-based ter­ror­ist out­fit with re­ported links to Jaish-emo­hammed (JEM). The out­fit is headed by Zakir Rashid Bhatt@ Zakir Mussa.

Pun­jab Po­lice will, how­ever, con­tinue to probe the Maq­su­u­dan blast case in which two Kash­miri stu­dents were ar­rested.

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