Bengaluru: A suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militant has been arrested in Bengaluru following a joint operation by the Karnataka and JK police.
The accused has been identified as Talib Hussain, who was arrested on June 5, news agency PTI reported quoting police sources.
The report quoting the sources said, Hussain had fled Jammu and Kashmir with his wife and children as the hunt for him was intensified by the armed forces, and was hiding in Bengaluru.
Talib is a resident of Rashgwari area of Kishtwar in Jammu division, the report said.
Hussain had allegedly taken shelter at a mosque in Srirampura in Bengaluru and used to deliver sermons during Friday prayers, the report said.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has also confirmed Hussain’s arrest from the city.
Bommai, as per the report, told reporters, “Yes.” “Generally police keep an eye on people like them. We will provide whatever assistance is required to the Jammu and Kashmir police. In the past too, such arrests had taken place in Sirsi and Bhatkal.” “The Jammu and Kashmir police have taken this very seriously,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said the state police has begun a probe following Hussain’s arrest.
“The state police are coordinating with their Jammu and Kashmir counterparts and intensified investigation to identify those individuals and organisations, which harboured him,” he was quoted as saying.
Stringent action will be taken and cases will be registered against those local individuals who gave the suspected militant refuge, provided mobile phone, and helped procure documents.