Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmiri youth detained for militant recruitment plans: CIK

Armed forces deployment in Budgam district of central Kashmir. [FPK Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Srinagar: Counter Intelligence Kashmir (CIK) on Thursday claimed to have arrested a youth who was trying to join militancy in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

On April 29, CIK received intelligence indicating that the militant outfit Ansar Gazwat-Ul-Hind (AuGH) was trying to rebuild its presence and recruit members in Kashmir. A Pakistan-based handler of AuGH, identified as Hamzah alias Gazi, was found to be influencing Kashmiri youth to join militant ranks, CIK said in a statement.

“It was further learnt that AuGH has brainwashed and cultivated few committed hybrid OGWs in Kashmir and these OGWs in connivance are planning a militant recruitment drive in the Valley,” it reads.

It added that the input was further developed technically and one person namely Waseem Ahmad Sheikh of Beerwah was identified on ground and was accordingly detained for questioning. During preliminary investigation it was revealed that he was in constant touch with the handlers through virtual mode and was about to join the militant outfit by forming a new group.”

The statement reads that he had been further assigned to identify a group of youth willing to join militancy with AuGH outfit. “He was assured arms and ammunitions for him and his group in coming days.”

It reads that investigation further revealed that he was a part of many WhatsApp and Telegram groups associated with militant outfits. “Further investigation is on to identify other members of such groups to take legal actions against them,” the statement added.

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