3 Ultras Held In City Sent To JIC
25 November 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: All three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, who were arrested by Nowabad police from a hotel at Jewel Chowk last week, have been sent to Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) following important disclosures made by them in police custody. Their questioning has revealed the identity of two notorious guides of the LeT, operating in the border district of Poonch, who were engaged in exfiltration of militants through Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector. Both the guides have gone under-ground as searches conducted for them by police and Counter Intelligence (CI) sleuths in forward villages of Poonch didn't yield any positive result. They were reported to have gone into hiding after the arrest of three militants in the City. The guides have been identified as the inhabitants of Mandi sector in Poonch district but their identity has been kept a secret by police and Intelligence agencies as their arrest could lead police and security forces to methods of infiltration and exfiltration being adopted by the militants despite fencing on LoC and routes used for the crossings. Reliable sources, however, said the guides were known by the names as Bulla and Rafiqi. Three LeT militants-Ghulam Mohd and Afzal Majid of Uri and Imtiyaz Ahmed of Baramulla have given police and Intelligence the number of mobile telephones which were in possession of the LeT guides. The numbers had been switched off by the militants from the day the three militants were arrested in the City. Sources said preliminary questioning of the militants has revealed that the two guides were instrumental in infiltration and exfiltration of a large number of youths on LoC in Poonch. They were well versed with infiltration routes as they had their houses on LoC and were aged between 45 to 50. As per the statement of three arrested militants, they were re-cycled into militancy by a Lashkar commander Abu Hamid (code name), a Pakistani, operating in Baramulla. He had promised to pay their families Rs 1 lakh each after they successfully crossed LoC for arms training. It may be mentioned here that the trio had surrendered before security forces about two and a half years back and were released by the court later. They had reached here on November 16 and left for Poonch the next day as per the directions of Abu Hamid. Sources said the three militants had spoken to their guide on his mobile telephone and the latter had given them green signal to reach a specific point in Poonch. On reaching Poonch, the guide rang up Ghulam Mohd and asked all three to immediately return to Jammu due to tight security on LoC and Poonch town, sources said, adding the ultras return here on November 18 evening and were arrested by Nowabad police from a hotel at Jewel Chowk where they had checked in. Questioning of the militants has revealed that every month, eight to 10 Kashmiri youths are being dispatched to different sectors by LeT commanders for arms training in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Kupwara and Poonch remained the major sectors from where the exfiltration was taking place, sources said.