Deserter SPO turned militant, 3 associates ‘with intention to carry subversive activities’ apprehended in Budgam, says police

Budgam: Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested missing SPO along with three militant associates of Jaish-e-Mohammad in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

In a statement, Police said that acting on a specific input, Budgam police along with 53RR and 181 Bn CRPF launched a CASO at Hayatpora ,Chadoora.

“During search, one vehicle tried to flee from the cordon which was stopped tactfully, the occupants tried to resist who were overpowered by SFs,” the statement said.

“Out of them one was identified as Desserter SPO turned militant Altaf Hussain. The other 3 have been identified as , Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Jamsheed Magray, and Zahid Dar all residents of Pulwama”.

On their search,arms,ammunition and other incriminating material were recovered.

The statement further stated that, On further enquiry it was found that the group is associated with militant organization JeM and were operating in the area with the “intention to carry out some subversive activities.”

Pertinent to mention here that the said SPO had decamped with two AK 47 rifles along with one Jahangir who was later on arrested by armed forces in CASO.

In this regard case FIR no 242/2020 under relevant sections of UAPA has been registered in PS Chadoora and investigation taken up, reads the statement.


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