Adil, Lashkar man in Valley, is Sandeep Sharma from UP

Police arrested Sandip Kumar, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, in connection with the case. He was also allegedly part of the LeT group that ambushed a police patrol and killed six security personnel, including SHO Firoz Dar.

Written by Mir Ehsan , Manish Sahu , Ankita Dwivedi Johri | Srinagar/lucknow/muzaffarnagar | Updated: July 11, 2017 4:25 am
J&K IGP Munir Khan said: He (Sandeep) was a criminal, he got in touch with Lashkar through one Shakoor of Sopore…The militants of Lashkar took help of Sandeep to loot ATMs, and they also indulged in immoral activities in the villages.”

THE JAMMU and Kashmir Police on Monday claimed to have busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba module with the arrests of two persons, including Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

Identifying the second person as Muneeb Shah of Kulgam, police said the duo were involved in several attacks on security forces, including the killing of six policemen in Achabal last month, and bank robberies in South Kashmir. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Ahmad Khan said Sharma was nabbed in the encounter at Brenti Batapora, Dialgam, in South Kashmir on July 1, when Lashkar ‘commander’ Bashir Ahmad Wani was killed. “He was present in the same house at Brenti Batapora where Wani and Abu Maaz of Pakistan were killed,” he said.

“Sharma and his accomplice were involved in an attack on an Army convoy at Lower Munda Qazigund in June. They were also involved in a weapon snatching incident at the residence of Justice (retd) Muzuffar Attar at Anchidoora on June 13, and attack on a police party in which six policemen were killed at Thajiwara Achabal on June 16,” said Khan. He said Sharma and his associates were also involved in five incidents of bank robberies and looting of ATMs.

“This criminal conspiracy started sometime in January 2017. Sharma and his associates (all Kashmir residents) came from Patiala to carry out criminal activities. They stayed in Wanpoh and were involved in robberies, including looting of ATMs, in South Kashmir. They worked in conjunction with the Lashkar… Sharma worked as Wani’s key aide,” he said.

In Muzaffarnagar, Sharma’s mother Premvati, brother Parveen and sister-in-law Rekha have been detained for questioning. “An ATS team from the local police station went to their residence at around 9 am, after receiving information from the J&K police. His mother and sister-in-law were at home,” said Inspector G C Sharma of Civil Lines Police Station, who was part of the team. Parveen was brought in from Haridwar, where he is employed as a driver.

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The family is reported to have told the police that Sharma had converted to Islam and married a girl from Kashmir. They have reportedly claimed that Sharma left his home, in Sarwat village of Muzaffarnagar district, about seven years ago, and did not contact them till about three years ago. That was when they found out that he had converted.

Contradicting the family’s claim, a police officer said they had evidence that Sharma was in regular contact with them. Inspector General, Uttar Pradesh ATS, Asim Arun said they had not found any criminal records against Sharma or his family members so far. An ATS team has left for J&K to question him.

In Kashmir, police said Sharma was arrested in a robbery case in March 2017, but was later released on bail.

According to Kashmir IG Khan, Sharma first visited the Valley in the summer of 2012. He used to work as a welder in Kashmir during the summer months and moved to Patiala during winter, he said.

“During his stay in Patiala, he came in contact with Shahid of Pohlu Pulwama. In January 2017, he returned to Kashmir, and stayed in Wanpoh, along with Shahid and two other associates, Muneeb Shah and Muzaffar. Sharma got involved in criminal activities, along with Lashkar terrorist Shakoor of Supat village. They used Sharma’s services in looting banks, and shared the spoils,” said Khan.

Khan said investigations revealed that Sharma, along with others, had hatched a criminal conspiracy to provide shelter and transport to militants for carrying out terror strikes. “On the Lashkar’s directions, Sharma and his associates received Lashkar terrorists and dropped them off at different sites in South Kashmir. He also concealed weapons looted from police guards in a vehicle, and transported these to different locations on the Lashkar’s directions,” he said. Since Sharma was not a J&K resident, he would drive vehicles with “outside state” numberplates, police said.

Police said they were investigating the role of Sharma’s associates. “Investigations have revealed that Lashkar, in league with a criminal network, is raising funds by looting banks, especially ATMs in South Kashmir, besides using these networks to further terrorist activities,” said Khan.

The Lashkar, however, denied any link with Sharma, and said it was a ploy by intelligence agencies to sabotage the Kashmir movement.

In Sarwat, villagers expressed surprise at the arrest. “They were a very poor family. He was miffed with the family since they had sold their old home, a few years ago. He wanted a share of the money, but Parveen wasn’t willing to give him,” said Gaurav Tyagi, 30, Sharma’s neighbour.

Tyagi showed a video of Parveen speaking to local news channels earlier in the day, that is now being shared on WhatsApp in the area. Parveen is heard saying that he has not met his brother for three years and that if he indeed is a terrorist, he must be hanged.

“The family members have been taken in for questioning. We cannot divulge much about the raids or the interrogation. The investigation is underway,” said SSP Anant Dev Tiwari.

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    Sheik Mohamed
    Jul 11, 2017 at 7:21 pm
    Why NAMO's blind bhakths had not raised any hue and cry over this issue? who may know when Sharma shall be released by courts that enough evidence not available, as had been in the case of M/s.Aseemanand and Sadhvi Pragya, even after they confessed their crime that too without any force/pressure on them by investigating agencies.
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      A common man
      Jul 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm
      Some people abuse Allah. Do you know who is Allah? In English we call him God. In hindi we call him parmeshwar or Bhagwan. The word Allah is Arabic but refers to none other than "our creator." So whome you're abusing???
      1. A
        Jul 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm
        That was unnecessary gyan u r giving. Nobody is questioning ALLH here coz ewe all know who Allah is, specially the Hindus know it that its none other then Lord Shiva. Its just the (I)slamist who need to understand this :P
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          A common man
          Jul 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm
          Bro, read the comments of others then you will understand why I said this
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        A common man
        Jul 11, 2017 at 11:54 am
        Insaan ki maturity uski age se nahi uski soch se pata chalti hai.. Har country me, har community me Achche/bure dono log hote hain. Iska matlab ye to nahi ki usse related sabhi logon ko hum bura keh dein. Agar tumhara neighbour sedition kar de aur police tumko aur tumhare sare colony walon ko accuse karke arrest karle us crime ke liye ki "tum log usse related ho. Wo Desh drohi hai isliye tum sab bhi desh drohi ho". Kya isko sahi bologe? Usko maha-bewakoofi bologe. To khud aisi maha-bewakoofi kaise kar sakte ho? jab koi Insaan kuch bada crime karta hai to usse related sare logon ko bura kyun kehne lagte ho... Jin logon ne Quran aur hadees ka ek sentence bhi kabhi nahi padha wo log openly declare karne lagte Hain ki "Islam terrorism sikhata hai." Mana ki kuch Muslims terrorist hain but jo log apne ko padha likha aur civilised mante hain, ek Baar apni soch pe aur apne comments pe dhyaan to do. Tumhare comments bata dete hain ki tum kitne akalmand ho
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          Madarchod mohammad
          Jul 11, 2017 at 11:06 am
          "The family is reported to have told the police that Sharma had converted to Islam and married a girl from Kashmir" -- This is real face of Islam. Sadly this Hindu was converted by deceitful means and committing crime against motherland. It again vindicates that Hindu can't be a terrorist. Yes, after conversion to Islam, he/she can do anything including killing people .
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            Raja R
            Jul 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
            many Hindu are involved in countless terrorist acts . They do this with the clear intention of passing the bucks to the minorities
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              rick patel
              Jul 11, 2017 at 9:04 am
              Blody Bhayyas that's the reason we do not like them in Mumbai..Juat imagine going to Kashmir and becoming terrorist ..bhayyas are good in up only..
              1. I
                Jul 11, 2017 at 7:38 am
                This is what happened to your life if you become musselman, it always teaches you violence and terrorism and destruction
                1. V
                  Jul 11, 2017 at 6:46 am
                  He must have got whipped in Kashmir and lost his mind. A fully paid holiday for a decent duration in Tihar Hilton will snap him out of the shock.
                  1. V
                    Jul 11, 2017 at 7:16 am
                    For a Muslim masquerading as a Greek hiding behind a Greek name is an insult to a very old race of people who taught the world many things especially the art of thinking, logical Argument and the science of interpretation. Really, you should change your name to powder puff because of you are afraid to deal in your real name and Your ability for deception is only surpassed by your inability to be fair. But considering the imperfect gene pool you came from you are better than the stone throwing terrorists in the he valley.
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