2 Hizb op­er­a­tives held, were in city to pro­cure weapons

One Of Them A Key Aide Of J&K Cop-Turned-Ter­ror­ist; Other A Mi­nor

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New Delhi: The spe­cial cell of Delhi Po­lice has ap­pre­hended two al­leged Hizbul Mu­jahideen op­er­a­tives. One of the sus­pects has been iden­ti­fied as Ki­fay­at­ul­lah Bukhari (30), the Man Fri­day of J&K cop-turned-Hizbul com­man­der, Syed Naveed Mush­taq alias Naveed Babu. The other sus­pect is a mi­nor.

DCP (spe­cial cell) Pramod Kush­waha con­firmed Bukhari’s ar­rest, but said fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der way. Ac­cord­ing to Kush­waha, Bukhari is a res­i­dent of Pora Bara vil­lage in Shopian dis­trict of Kash­mir. The two were ap­pre­hended after a team led by ACPs Lalit Mo­han Negi and Hri­day Bhushan re­ceived in­puts about their move­ments. The teenager was pro­duced be­fore the ju­ve­nile jus­tice board.

The op­er­a­tion has led to a ma­jor rev­e­la­tion: J&K-based out­fits are procur­ing weapons from gun­run­ners based in Delhi and neigh­bour­ing states as there has been a short­age of small arms used in tar­get kil- lings. The op­er­a­tives travel to Delhi in a bus and carry only one or two pis­tols and their mag­a­zines back to the val­ley. Min­i­mal num­ber of weapons are taken back to avoid po­lice de­tec­tion. Bukhari, sources said, came un­der the radar when he came to Delhi to pro­cure weapons last week.

This modus operandi had sur­faced ear­lier when the cell ar­rested two mil­i­tant of ISIS-JK — Par­vaiz Rashid Lone and Jamsheed Za­hoor Paul. The two were nabbed ne- ar Red Fort in cen­tral Delhi. The cell also nabbed three mil­i­tants of the same mod­ule — Tahir, Haris and Asif — with grenades and weapons by track­ing their sup­plier, sources said. Now, the spe­cial cell teams are trail­ing Naveed who may be hid­ing in Shopian. The po­lice said that dur­ing this op­er­a­tion, an un­der­ground hide­out, which could ac­com­mo­date 4-5 mil­i­tants at a time, was also found in J&K and de­stroyed.

This hide­out was cre­ated by Naveed him­self, Bukhari re­vealed. Sources said the po­lice team com­pris­ing in­spec­tors Su­nil Ra­jain and In­spec­tor Ravin­der Joshi had come close to nab­bing Naveed, but he man­aged to give them a slip.

Ares­i­dent of Nazneen­pora of Shopian dis­trict, Naveed joined J&K po­lice in 2012 as a con­sta­ble. In 2017, he was de­ployed as a guard at a Food Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia Fa­cil­ity at Chand­pora in Budgam dis­trict when he fled with four self-load­ing ri­fles from the guard room. He later pledged al­le­giance to Hizbul Mu­jahideen.

IN THE NET: Bukhari (left) is the Man Fri­day of cop-turned-Hizb ter­ror­ist Syed Naveed

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