Mobile Towers On LeT Hit List: Police

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SRINAGAR – Jammu and Kashmir Police have claimed that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had planned to disrupt the telecommunication system in the valley by targeting mobile towers and by carrying out arson of places of worship.

The plan, police claimed, was revealed during interrogation of six militants arrested last month allegedly for setting ablaze shrines and a mosque in Budgam district of central Kashmir, official sources said Sunday.

The interrogation of Zahoor Ahmed Khan alias Zubair, alleged mastermind behind arson of Jama Masjid at Narbal and Baba Hanifuddin shrine on July 15, gave a deep insight to the LeT plan to instigate protests, reports quoting sources said.  

Khan, who has traveled to Pakistan and Pakistan-administered-Kashmir on two occasions in the past one year through Wagah border to meet his brother, Wahid Ahmed Rather, living at Gashipur in Muzzafarabad, said he had met one Abdul Wahi Geelani alias Sariya, a recruiter for Lashker, they said.

After reported brainwashing, he met top brass of Lashker, including Furqan and Waleed last year who sought to know the reasons behind failed 2008 and 2010 agitation and expressed their desire to motivate more Kashmiri youth to work on a three-pronged strategy.

The tasks included damaging mobile towers, arranging SIM cards on fake identity and destroy shrines and mosques and make attempts to trigger an agitation, Khan allegedly told his interrogators.

In July this year, Khan claimed he had damaged a mobile tower in central Kashmir, reports said, adding Waleed, who handled Kashmir affairs of Lashker after the death of Furqan, had told him that burning down of shrines would served a dual purpose — provide a base for starting an agitation and second, fulfill the cause of Ahlehadees sect, followed by them. (Agencies)

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