Hizb Militant Fleeing Pak Held With 3 SPOs: Police

SRINAGAR: A Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant fleeing Karachi on a false passport along with the mother of another Pak-based militant and her grandson, have been arrested near Banihal together with three Special Police Officers (SPOs) while heading for the Valley, the police said on Tuesday.

The arrested group also includes relatives of the Hizb militant and his elderly female companion from their native Kulgam and Kupwara districts who were escorting them from Gorakhpur (UP) after their crossing into India from Nepal.

 The group was taken into custody along with the driver of the Travera cab which the SPOs had taken to Gorakhpur to bring the fugitives home.

Ramban police has handed the group over to the counter-intelligence wing for further questioning.

According to the police The Hizb militant, identified as Abd-ur-Rahseed of Dooru, Kulgam, had gone across the LoC two decades ago to train as militants along with one Manzoor Ahmad Bhat of Kupwara and others.

During their stay across the line, Bhat had married a Pakistani girl, and then re-entered the Valley over the LoC to take his mother, Maryam Begum, back to Pakistan, the police said.

Maryam and Bhat’s nine year-old-son Raihan accompanied Rasheed in his flight from Karachi, it said.

Two of the arrested SPOs have been identified as Jahangir Beig and Mukhtar Beig of Kupwara, relatives of Gul Zaman Beig, a resident of the same district who, according to the police, fled Karachi with Rasheed.  

The third SPO has been identified as Maryam’s son Mahboob Bhat, (brother of militant Manzoor Ahmad Bhat), also of Kupwara.

The three others taken into custody include Rasheed’s relatives Ghulam Nabi Mir and Gulzar Ahmad, from Sopore and Dooru respectively, and the Travera driver Tajammul Shah of Shopian, the police said.

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