23 Held While Trying to Cross Into PCK

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KUPWARA:  At least 23 persons, including women and children from six families were detained by army when they were allegedly trying to cross over to Pakistan administration Kashmir (PAK) in Keran Sector of frontier Kupwara district.

CNS quoting police sources said that 13 Brigade of Indian Army during routine patrolling spotted men, women and children who according to sources were trying to exfiltrate into Pakistan administered Kashmir.

Sources said that the army surrounded the group and detained them. However the guide, Bashir Ahmed from Kachhama Kupwara, managed to give army a slip and managed to cross over into Pakistani controlled territory.

All the 23 persons were detained and later handed over to Police Station Keran. A police official on condition of anonymity said one of the detained persons is the brother of JKLF founder late Muhammad Maqbool Bhat.

“The total number of arrests are 23 including 6 men, 4 women and 13 children. Some of them had returned to Kashmir under Rehabilitation Policy a year ago,” the official said.

Reports said that all the male members have been lodged in police station Trehgam while women and children have been shifted to Police Station Kupwara. However, Station House Officer Thregam said that the incident has occurred in Keran and nobody is lodged in his police station.

Some of the arrested persons have been identified as Syed Munir-ul-Hassan Shah son of Ghulam Muhammad resident of Kurhama Kupwara presently residing in HMT Srinagar, Fayaz Ahmed Wani son of Muhammad Munawar resident of Haihama Kupwara, Mushtaq Ahmed Mir son of Muhammad Ismail resident of Baba Demb Srinagar, Zahoor Ahmed Bhat son of Ghulam Qadir Bhat resident of Trehgam Kupwara and Aijaz Ahmed Khwaja son of Mubarak Khawaja resident of Maliyal Kupwara. 

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