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Counselled once, Pune girl held in Kashmir Valley after cops get Republic Day attack alert

Republic Day 2018: A senior police officer in south Kashmir told The Indian Express that they detained the girl on “suspicion” and that “no incriminating material was recovered from her”.

Written by Muzamil Jaleel | New Delhi | Updated: January 27, 2018 3:50 pm
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Hours after J&K Police announced the arrest of a girl from Pune based on an alert from an investigative agency, a senior officer told The Indian Express that the input on the 18-year-old being a “suicide bomber” on a mission to target a Republic Day parade in the state was “wrong”.

There was nothing to link the girl, who had undergone counselling against radicalisation, with militancy in J&K, said IG (Kashmir Range) Muneer Ahmad Khan.

On Friday morning, J&K Police said the girl and an alleged accomplice were arrested from Bijbhera town in south Kashmir. But later, speaking to The Indian Express, IG Khan said: “We are questioning her. I can’t say with authenticity that she is in any way involved with militancy. We had received an input from a sister agency and acted on that. We couldn’t take chances with such inputs. She was picked up from south Kashmir last night… I think she is not mentally stable.”

Khan said the girl had come to Kashmir “10 to 12 days ago accompanied by her mother”.

“The mother returned home. We are trying to confirm information that she had got admission in a college in Kashmir. She had made several friends in Kashmir through social media and that’s how she came here. She has friends in Pattan, Sopore, Baramulla, Srinagar and south Kashmir. She had been travelling, and had gone to Baramulla in an autorickshaw. She was staying with a family in south Kashmir when she was picked up,” said Khan.

A senior police officer in south Kashmir told The Indian Express that they detained the girl on “suspicion” and that “no incriminating material was recovered from her”. “I think we (J&K Police) will hand her over to her family. There is no case against her,’’ the officer said.

Sources from investigative agencies said that following the police action in J&K, sleuths from the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) and police contacted the girl’s family in Pune and employees at the call centre where she works. Sources said the girl did not tell executives at her work place where she was going or when she would return.

Sleuths probing terror cases have been keeping a watch on the girl since 2015 and believe that she has been “radicalised” by online propaganda operatives through email and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Telegram.

At the time, the Pune unit of the Maharashtra ATS had provided counselling to the girl who was prepared to go to Syria and join the Islamic State.

In July 2017, investigators detained her in Delhi while she was on her way to J&K. After questioning, investigators handed the girl back to her family, with advice that she needed “strong counselling” by Islamic scholars.

Known to be a “bright student”, the girl has been staying with her mother and other family members in Pune, said sources.

(With Mir Ehsan in Srinagar & Chandan Haygunde in Pune)

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  1. G
    Jan 27, 2018 at 7:26 pm
    What you people are talking? Intelligence agency and police have done wrong? They should have waited for the incidence to happen? Intelligence agency have been tracking her since 2015. Let me know What she was doing in Kashmir at first place? Agency and police will certainly investigate and rule out the suspect if any.
    1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
      Jan 27, 2018 at 12:50 pm
      Quran (2:223) - "Your wives are as a tilth unto you so approach your tilth when or how ye will..." A man has dominion over his wives' bodies as he does his land. This verse is overtly se-x-ual. There is some dispute as to whether it is referring to the practice of anal intercourse. If this is what Muhammad meant, then it would appear to contradict what he said in Muslim (8:3365).--Jai hind
      1. Vahid Choudhary
        Jan 27, 2018 at 1:14 pm
        Better to profound the facts, Quran strictly condemned and prohibited anal and male con't have sexual intercourse without wife's wishes. Please don't manipulate the real facts intentionally. Its true that in India people are brain washed in every religion, Muslim of-course does it and RSS many right wings does for Hindu, Christian has many missionaries. We all should stand for right thing without being biased religiously if we are really concerned for nation's betterment.
        1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
          Jan 27, 2018 at 1:32 pm
          If you would have brought this up during corrupt CONGIE rule,----Ruled by the foreigners in a Hindu land,----than you wouldn't have brought up concern today,---it's never too late,---start thinking from your brains and not your A-S-S,----Jai hind.
      2. Mohammad Dar
        Jan 27, 2018 at 12:06 pm
        Another chapter of book of hinduism lies, Mahabaharta, if there is no proof to convict an innocent or propagate hinduism illegality, fabricate one, as has been the case with crime against humanity, pros ut ed hinduism racism, as a faith. One has to be a hindu stupid or a hindu crooked Pundit , trickster to believe hind crime of hinduism illegality, any thing other than, what it is, hinduism, terrorism against humanity.
        1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
          Jan 27, 2018 at 12:49 pm
          A account holds that it was donkey that spoke first to Muhammad, telling him that it had formerly been owned by a Jew. It had been uncooperative with its previous owner, Ya`fūr, meaning "Deer" in Arabic) was a donkey used as a mount by the Islamic prophet Muhammad, Mohammed flew on a donkey to split the moon as per Islamic myth,---till to date the moon is still one big round shape,-Muslims believed that Mahdi, the prophesied redeemer of Islam, would make his appearance in the company of Ya`fūr the donkey and Duldul the mule. In one uprising, a grey mule representing Duldul was paraded with a chair on its back for the Mahdi. In the lands where ISLAM was practised, Ya`fūr was repeatedly invoked in political and religious events for centuries after Muhammad's death. ''A self proclaimed prophet" active in Yemen in the 7th century usurped one of Muhammad's own epithets, calling himself the Sahib al-Himar, meaning "Master of the A-S-S".---Quoted:::Kitab al-Hadaya--wa'l-Tuhaf),--Jai hind.
          1. Vahid Choudhary
            Jan 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm
            What are you trying to convey my dear friend?, If you see other religion you will find out many holes, In Hinduism, Krishnaji lifted mountain on his little finger. I mean instead of polling legs of each other, we should spread a lesson on humanitarian which is biggest religion in the world
        2. A
          Jan 27, 2018 at 11:48 am
          Only option left is to kill that jihadi . Virus of Islam has penetrated in her mind.
          1. Chetan More
            Jan 27, 2018 at 11:16 am
            ats is a big joke. if major purohit is innocent then girl with no incriminating evidence is an unicorn
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