Ter­ror­ist Zakir Musa hid­ing in Pun­jab, high alert sounded

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SE­CU­RITY agen­cies have been put on high alert in Bathinda and Ferozepur dis­tricts of Pun­jab on Thurs­day fol­low­ing In­tel­li­gence re­ports that Kash­miri ter­ror­ist Zakir Musa could be hid­ing in the area.

The In­tel­li­gence re­ports have sug­gested that Musa could be dis­guised as a Sikh and wear­ing a tur­ban. He is the An­sar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief and is said to be aligned with a global ter­ror group.

Army troop­ers, Pun­jab Po­lice and other para­mil­i­tary were sta­tioned in and around im­por­tant places like the Bathinda rail­way sta­tion and check­ing was be­ing car­ried out since early Thurs­day.

Se­cu­rity agen­cies have put up posters car­ry­ing pho­to­graphs of Musa, in­clud­ing one of him dis­guised as a Sikh, at var­i­ous places to make the pub­lic aware in both dis­tricts.

Posters of Musa had ear­lier been put up in the fron­tier dis­tricts of Gur­daspur and Am­rit­sar in Novem­ber fol­low­ing sim­i­lar re­ports that he could be hid­ing in Pun­jab.

Musa, who heads the ter­ror­ist out­fit An­sar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), a cell of Al-Qaeda, in Kash­mir Val­ley, is said to be wellac­quainted with places and peo­ple in Pun­jab. He was a stu­dent in an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion in Pun­jab’s Mo­hali dis­trict, ad­join­ing Chandigarh, from 2010 to 2013 be­fore join­ing the mil­i­tant ranks. He had suc­ceeded Burhan Wani as the chief of the ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion Hizbul Mu­jahideen fol­low­ing Wani’s death in an en­counter with se­cu­rity forces in Kash­mir in July 2016.

Pun­jab Po­lice of­fi­cials said here that the high alert had been sounded to nab the ter­ror­ist.

In re­cent weeks, the Pun­jab Po­lice and Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice have busted mod­ules, in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents, who had car­ried out ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties in Pun­jab.

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