J&K Jail DSP Among 2 Arrested By NIA

NEW DELHI — The National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Tuesday arrested two “main conspirators” in the Hizbul Mujahideen case relating to last year. The two arrested men are Deputy Superintendent of Jail Feroz Ahmad Lone and a South Kashmir resident Ishaq Palla.

The J&K cop’s arrest is the first such arrest of by the anti-terror probe agency.

Lone was currently serving as the Deputy Jail Superintendent, Amphalla prison in Jammu.

NIA spokesperson IG Alok Mittal said, “At the time of incident, Ishaq Palla was lodged in Central prison Srinagar in a different case and he was instrumental in hatching the conspiracy from jail. In this conspiracy, he was actively assisted by Feroze Ahmad Lone, who was posted as Deputy Jail Superintendent of the Central Jail Srinagar at that time. The conspiracy meeting at the central prison Srinagar was held on October 25, 2017.”

Another case involving Lashkar-e-Toiba Naveed Jatt was also being investigated by the NIA as a conspiracy that was hatched in the Srinagar prison but no evidence of involvement of J&K police personnel was found.

The state police have been at the forefront of fighting militancy in J&K but few officials believed that role of certain blacksheep could not be ruled out.

The Hizbul Mujahideen militancy case dates back to October 2017 where an attempt by the accused Suhail Ahmad Bhat and Danish Ghulam Lone, to exfilterate to PaK for arms training to join the militancy and waging war against the State, the NIA said. The duo was caught by the J&K Police and an FIR was registered.

The case was handed over to NIA. The agency unearthed that the duo was motivated by Ishaq Palla, lodged in the Srinagar jail. Accused persons were in contact with each other including the DSP through blackberry messenger during whole of October before they were apprehended by the police on October 30 2017, the NIA said.

Accused Ishaq Palla has been remanded to 10 days NIA custody by the special NIA court in Jammu. Other accused Feroz Ahmad Lone will be produced before the court tomorrow for seeking his custody. Police haven’t ruled out further arrests in the case.

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