Cops un­cover ter­ror plot in Pun­jab; sev­eral Kash­miri stu­dents de­tained

Sunday Express - - INDIA -

IN­TER­RO­GA­TION of the three Kash­miri stu­dents ar­rested on Wed­nes­day from Ja­land­har’s CT In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy has re­vealed that Kash­mir-based ter­ror out­fit An­sar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) had been plan­ning to carry out bomb blasts in the city dur­ing Dusshera, po­lice of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case said on Fri­day.

The of­fi­cers, who did not want to be named, added that the three ar­rested op­er­a­tives — Zahid Gulzar, Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt and Mo­ham­mad Idriss Shah — had been in­structed to watch out for the date on which they would have to carry out the blasts by look­ing for writ­ing on a tree near a bridge in Am­rit­sar. They added that ‘19’ had been in­scribed on a tree, which they had found and that this meant that the date cho- sen was Oc­to­ber 19.

The state’s In­tel­li­gence and po­lice agen­cies are not on the hunt for the per­son who brought the ex­plo­sives into the state and stashed them with the ar­rested op­er­a­tives.

Dur­ing the in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Zahid said they did not know where they had to place the ex­plo­sives. He re­port­edly told of­fi­cers that he had been in touch with the ter­ror group over six months and had gone to Am­rit­sar on Oc­to­ber 7 to col­lect the ex­plo­sives from un­der a bridge. He re­port­edly used so­cial me­dia plat­forms to com­mu­ni­cate with the group.

Af­ter the in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the po­lice have started round­ing up sev­eral oth­ers. Four other stu­dents who hail from Kash­mir were picked up by the city po­lice on Fri­day evening for ques­tion­ing. The four are said to be friends with the three ar­rested opera- tives and have been stay­ing in the city for some time. Two other stu­dents in Ja­graon, near Lud­hi­ana, have re­port­edly gone into hid­ing and the po­lice are cur­rently try­ing to trace their where­abouts.

An­other stu­dent, So­hail of Awan­tipura in J&K, is also un­der the scan­ner for al­leged links with the ter­ror group. So­hail is study­ing at a pri­vate in­sti­tute near Chandi­garh and was picked up by the J&K po­lice in Jammu.

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