Who is Sandeep Kumar Sharma?

Sandeep was involved in the recent attack that killed six police personnel, including SHO Firoz Dar. He was nabbed from the same house where the LeT commander and the mastermind behind the police attack, Bashir Lashkari was killed earlier this month.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 10, 2017 3:29 pm
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The Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday arrested Sandeep Kumar Sharma, a Lashakr-e-Toiba operative who was allegedly involved in a spate of bank and ATM robberies in the state.

Sandeep Kumar alias Adil is said to be a resident of Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and was involved in the recent attack that killed six police personnel, including SHO Firoz Dar. He came under the police radar when he was found hiding inside a Lashkar hideout.

Police said Sandeep first came to the Valley in 2012 to work as a welder during the summers. In the winters, he would go outside the Valley, especially to Patiala. It was during this time that he came in contact with LeT operatives.

“While working in Punjab, he came in contact with one Shahid Ahmad, a resident of Kulgam, who was also working in Punjab. In January this year, he came to the valley and planned to loot ATMs and other robberies in south Kashmir,” said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Munir Khan.

Sandeep then moved into a rented accommodation in Kulgam with Shahid Ahmad, Muneeb Shah, and Muzaffar Ahmad. It was here that they met hardcore LeT terrorist Shakoor Ahmad, the IGP said. “That was the beginning of all these criminal activities. The militants utilized the services of Sandeep for looting ATMs and the booty was shared,” he added.

According to the Police, apart from the June 16 incident in which SHO Firoz Dar was killed, Sandeep was also involved in an ambush on an army convoy in lower Munda in which two army jawans were killed and four were injured. “He was also arrested with some other associates in a robbery case in March this year at Mir Bazar and remained in judicial custody till he was bailed out,” Khan disclosed.

Sandeep was nabbed from the same house where the LeT commander and the mastermind behind the police attack, Bashir Lashkari, was killed earlier this month. “We apprehended Sandeep during the encounter in which notorious militant Lashkari was eliminated. It raised the fingers of suspicion. We were surprised to see a non-local sitting in the same house where Lashkari was taking shelter, so we decided to go further,” added the police.

Sandeep’s arrest also led to the arrest of another operative Muneeb Shah with whom he was staying in Kulgam.

When asked if this was a first case of its kind in the valley, the IGP said, “In my knowledge, yes it is the first such case.” He also added that investigations are on to check the possibility of involvement of more non-locals in militancy and that more arrests are in the offing.

Sandeep Kumar is the first Hindu Lashkar militant who has been arrested in Kashmir since the militancy erupted in the Valley.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Mastanaiah
    Jul 17, 2017 at 1:20 am
    How you can say he is Hindu, when he converted to Islam and named himself Adil?
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      Harjit Singh Chitkara
      Jul 11, 2017 at 7:33 am
      I have always maintained that a terrorist is a terrorist and has nothing to do with a religion.But the vested interests in order to malign Muslim community use to equate terrorist with Muslims..sometime back a politician had described that a Hindu can not be a terrorist and I replied him not to describe a terrorist from the religion he professes. He is simply a mercenary out for money alone. No one should equate this terrorist Sandeep sharma S/o Ram Sharma a Hindu terrorist although he is a Hindu Pandit..
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        Harjit Singh Chitkara
        Jul 11, 2017 at 7:28 am
        I have always maintained that a terrorist is a terrorist and has nothing to do with a religion.But it has become a fashion to describe a Hindu terrorist, Muslim Terrorist, Sikh terrorist etc.sometime back a politician had described that a Hindu can not be a terrorist and I replied him not to describe a terrorist from his religion he professes. He is simply a mercenary out for money alone. No one should equate this terrorist Sandeep sharma S/o Ram Sharma a Hindu terrorist.
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          Romesh Khandelwal
          Jul 12, 2017 at 2:42 am
          Hmmm ... this goon... bloody terrorist Sandeep Sharma.. yes he is terrorist... but he can only b ed as a Hindu terrorist... if he kills or terrorises someone in the name of saving Hindu Dharma... Religion of terror is not defined by the religion of terrorist... it is defind by the purpose of terror... There are two statements: 1. Terror has no religion 2. Not all Muslims are terrorist. I disagree with first and agree with second
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          manish
          Jul 11, 2017 at 12:20 am
          Oh my god.....how this religion can attract any kind of person to terrorism.... God it.
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            sahil
            Jul 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm
            your English language skills are seriously questionable, wonder how jhandelwalan hires trolls these days
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            Antony
            Jul 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm
            Sundeep is definitely an ex RSS or gau rakshas ! only anti nationals from these organizations can do such deception and do things to destroy our country!
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              manish
              Jul 11, 2017 at 12:26 am
              No Antony, a Hindu cannot kill another innocent Hindu just because some organisation has thrown him out of it.He may have anger but he will never join these lashkars for killing purpose.His mind has been just poisoned.
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              George Cruz
              Jul 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm
              This Islamic Jihadi, Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a devout Muslim criminal is a traitor and should be hung after a speedy trial.
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                mmg
                Jul 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm
                BASIC LACUNA IN INDIAN LAW SYSTEM IS IT IS SLOW! 24 HOURS ACTION IS NEEDED IS SUCH AN ANTINATIONAL CASE! AND THE LA UDES GRANTED IN LAW (FORMULATED BY BRITISH AND USED NOW)NEED BE REDUCED TO BARE MINIMUM! ONE WEEK IS MAXIMUM TIME THAT CAN BE GRANTED! LET LAW MINISTRY THINK ON IT AND LET RAJYASABHA MEMBERS WITH BLOCKING AT UDES TAKE THIS AS A NATINAL DUTY AS THEY ARE PAID BY INDIAN CITIZEN FOR THEIR BENEFITS!
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                  Antony
                  Jul 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm
                  RSS fake Id troll george cruz even given a twist to the story! sundeep sharma is devot muslim! indian high commission staff madumita mitra who was arrested for working for ISI is also a devout muslim???
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                  John Abram
                  Jul 10, 2017 at 7:18 pm
                  Why not let Kashmiri's decide their own fate through a referendum. What are we afraid of? Are we not democracy? Imagine how we felt when British were ruling us. May be Kashmiris are feeling the same. May be they want independence from Indian rule or may be not. Let majority of Kashmiris decide. Why do all the bloodshed? Its not going to stop.
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                    George Cruz
                    Jul 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm
                    The J-K is and has been an integral part of India since 1947, hundreds of brave Indian soldiers have sacrificed their lives defending the J-K, and India would never allow another Islamic Caliphate in its borders. India has already lost is valuable territory when the other Islamic Caliphate carved Pak carved out of greater India and today Pak has become a failed state and has become a safe haven for many terror groups.
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                      J
                      Jul 10, 2017 at 8:17 pm
                      Muslims in India want another division like 1947. So according to your logic, under democracy, let decide. Right? Indian democracy is reducing Hindus to minority and vanquish like what has happened to Hindus in Pa kistan and Bangladesh.
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                        kamal singh rawat
                        Jul 10, 2017 at 8:41 pm
                        Sir, U look like an intelligent and knowledgeable Gentleman. Also Plzz give a solution to the original Inhabitants of Kashmir, the Hindu Pandits. What about the peop,e from Jammu and Ladhakh , they feel their funds are going to Fundamentalist Muslims. Do they not leave in a Democracy? As per your logic then the ISIS was also right. They also were living in DemocracieS.2morrow Muslims in Kerala will want a separate country? Kerala is also a part of Democracy Right ?Regards...
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                          Provocateur Extraordinaire
                          Jul 10, 2017 at 8:47 pm
                          Well John considering that the same Kashmiris carried out the ethnic cleansing of Pandits in the valley, they have long lost that right. If they were right in first wiping out the Pandits and then claiming a homeland the same treatment needs to be applied to them. As you sow so shall you reap.....does it ring a bell?
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                            Shahid Khan
                            Jul 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm
                            Hmmmm but you need to look at the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Jammu also. Why don't you talk about that. Well that doesn't support your cause. You see I understand it's called selective favouritism towards your own religion. Human nature
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                            romi
                            Jul 10, 2017 at 9:15 pm
                            today Kashmir tmrw another state ?? you cant be an indian ? forget about british - during that time it took months to cross oceans people did not value land
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                            Abbiya
                            Jul 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm
                            Money and chair most important those people the don't care about nation. Saffron terrorists is not interested in nation. They interested making money with there chair.
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                              kamal singh rawat
                              Jul 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm
                              What about the Kashmiri Pandits ? THEY WERE ALSO TERRORISTS? NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND CONGRESS WRE RULING KASHMIR FOR AT LEAST 60 YEARS. DO NOT BLAME BJP FOR EVERYTHING
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