Two alleged Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists have been arrested from Saharanpur’s Deoband by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-terrorist Squad (UP ATS) Friday, said Director General of Police O P Singh. The two have been arrested for their alleged involvement in recruitment for the terror group.
Pistols and live cartridges have been recovered from them, said the UP ATS. Their cellphones, too, have been seized.
UP DGP confirms two arrests – Shahnawaz Teli and Aakib Ahmed from Deoband. They were allegedly involved in recruiting students into Jaish-e-Mohammad. Pistols and live cartridges recovered by UP ATS @IndianExpress
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The arrested men are Shahnawaz Ahmad of Kulgam and Aqib Ahmad Malik of Pulwama.
DGP Singh said it is difficult to say whether they came to UP before the Pulwama attack on February 14 or after that. The investigation is underway.
Police said they were tipped off about the two by local residents. Both were posing as students.
On February 14, 40 CRPF jawans were killed when a JeM terrorist rammed an explosives-laden truck into a convoy of buses carrying security personnel.
The Indian Army on February 19 said that they had ‘eliminated’ the leadership of the Jaish-e-Mohammad in the Kashmir Valley after killing three terrorists of JeM in an operation that began on late Sunday evening and lasted for over 17 hours.
Lt Gen KJS Dhillion, 15 Corps Commander, said: “I would like to inform the nation that in less than 100 hours of the Pulwama terrorist attack, we have eliminated the Jaish-e-Mohammad leadership in the Valley which was being handled by the JeM leadership in Pakistan.”