Youth planning to join militancy arrested with grenade in Kupwara

Youth planning to join militancy arrested with grenade in Kupwara

He was tasked to throw grenade on security forces as a test for joining ranks: Police

Srinagar: Police in northern Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday claimed to have arrested a youth who according to police was planning to join militancy.
In a statement to news agency Kashmir dot Com – (KDC), police said that ” Kupwara Police received a reliable information that one youth namely Altaf Ahmed Bhat s/o Ali Mohammad Bhat r/o Kanthpora, Sogam has come in contact with Hizbul Mujahideen militants and is being lured to join their ranks.”
The statement further said “Anticipating that he might face arrest, the youth ran away from his home.
“Strenuous efforts were made with cooperation from his family and police was successful in tracing and apprehending him,” said the statement.
The statement said, that during sustained questioning youth it came to fore that he was in touch with recently killed Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Hyder through social media.
“While the latter was motivating him to join their ranks,” it added.
Youth, according to the police was also in possession of a grenade which was given to him to lob on security forces as a test for joining militant ranks.
“Last night, Kupwara police and 47 RR Army recovered the grenade hidden by him, from a nearby nalla in presence of magistrate,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, in this regard a case FIR no 126/2020 u/s 7/25 Arms Act, Ss. 18, 20 UAPA at PS Sogam has been registered. Further investigation in the matter is on. (KDC)

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