Three Lashkar militant associates arrested in Srinagar, says police

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested three associates of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit in Srinagar and recovered Rupees 31,65,200/= and other incriminating materials from their possession.

A police party of Police Station Nowgam during routine checking at Lasjan Crossing (NHW) spotted 03 suspicious individuals coming from Lasjan towards NHW carrying a blue colour cricket kit bag trying to avoid the naka checking party. They were tactfully apprehended by the alert naka party, police said in a statement.

The trio has been identified as Umar Adil Dar son of Ghulam Hassan Dar and Salik Mehraj son of Mehraj Din Dar, both residents of Soiteng and Bilal Asmad Sidiqi son of Ghulam Ahmad Sididqi, resident of Kursoo Rajbagh.

During checking of the said kit bag carried by Umer Adil Dar, Indian currency cash amounting ₹331,65,200/= (Thirty-One Lac, Sixty-Five thousand and two hundred rupees), 01 Mobile Phone, 03 pages of LeT letter pad was recovered. On personal search of the other two persons namely Bilal Asmad Sidiqi & Salik Mehraj (05) pages each of LeT letter pad were recovered, the statement said.

During preliminary investigation, it came to fore that the trio was working as militant associates of proscribed militant outfit LeT, the statement said, adding that the money was received by them as a part of conspiracy to strengthen its cadres within District Srinagar.

The said money was received by them on the directions of their handlers based in Pakistan as a part of larger criminal conspiracy hatched by militant organization within and across the border to pass/ raise money/ funds for furthering their activities and cause large scale disturbances in the UT of J&K, reads the statement.

In this connection, a case FIR No. 20/2023 under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Nowgam. Further investigation into the case is in progress, the statement said, adding that more recoveries and arrests are expected in the instant case. — (KIMS)