Two ultras, Pakistani wife among 7 held in City

Two ultras, Pakistani wife among 7 held in City

12 February 2012
The Daily Excelsior


Jammu: Police and Special Operations Group (SOG) today arrested six persons including five members of a family, two of whom were militants, from a hotel at Jewel Chowk in the City where they had been staying after reaching here from Pakistan via Nepal. One of the arrested persons included a woman from Pakistanís port city of Karachi. A Kashmiri civilian, who had come to receive the family, has also been detained for questioning. Based on specific inputs, joint teams of police and SOG conducted a raid at Hotel Diamond in Jewel Chowk in wee hours of this morning and nabbed all seven persons including two militants-Saleem Bhat son of Mohammad Sadiq Bhat R-o Beerwah, Budgam and Nazir Ahmed son of Mohammad Abdullah, a resident of Budgam-who had crossed over to Pakistan from the Line of Control (LoC) in 1995 for arms training. Other arrested persons included Saleemís wife Ashma, a resident of Karachi and his three children (from Ashma) Shafwan Ahmed Bhat, 7, Shoma Bhat, 6 and Hamza Bhat, 3. Shoma and Hamza were female babies. Abdul Majeed son of Abdul Ahad Bhat of Budgam, a relative of Saleem Bhat, who had come here from Budgam to receive the family, has been detained for questioning. Police said Saleem Bhat and Nazir Ahmed after crossing over to Pakistan in 1995 stayed in the training camps. Later, they deserted the camps and started manual work to earn their livelihood as they were unable to come back due to fencing on the LoC. Both of them married local girls of Karachi. However, Nazirís wife divorced her after sometime while Saleem had three children from Ashma and were putting up together. They managed passports and visa of Nepal, reportedly with the help of some agents and other undesirable persons and flew to Kathmandu in Nepal from Karachi. From Nepal, they entered into Uttar Pradesh from Gorakhpur border and started onward journey to New Delhi in a bus. They reached Jammu via train. Sources said both Saleem and Nazir were in touch with their families in Kashmir on their return. It was on the basis of their telephonic call that family of Saleem had deputed Abdul Majeed to bring them to Srinagar. However, on a tip off, police and SOG teams raided the hotel early today and arrested all of them. No incriminating material excepting eatables and some other goods were recovered from their possession, police said, adding that the children were likely to be freed or kept with a NGO till the militants were cleared of the charges. Police was trying to ascertain as to whether Saleem Bhat and Nazir Ahmed were involved in any incident here. Their extent of involvement and links with the militants in Pakistan, where they had stayed for about 17 years, were also being ascertained. The militants were likely to be sent to Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) for sustained questioning.