10/10/2018 5:22 PM IST | Updated 10/10/2018 7:28 PM IST

3 Students Arrested In Jalandhar For Alleged Links To Kashmir Terror Groups

Weapons including an assault rifle and explosives were recovered the room of one of the students.

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Jalandhar police commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar at a press conference on Wednesday.

JALANDHAR — In a joint operation, the Punjab police and the Special Operations Group (SoG) of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police arrested three students in Jalandhar on Wednesday who are allegedly part of a terror module of the Kashmiri terror outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH).

Punjab DGP Suresh Arora said in a statement that the students were arrested from the hostel of CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology in Shahpur, on the outskirts of Jalandhar.

The police, during a raid at the hostel early this morning, recovered weapons including an assault rifle and explosives from the hostel room of Zahid Gulzar. Gulzar is a second semester B. Tech (Civil) student and a resident of Rajpora in Srinagar. He was arrested along with Idriss Shah and Yusuf Rafiq Bhattm both residents of Jammu and Kashmir's (J&K) Pulwama.

DGP Arora said that the arrests were made after the police received various leads and inputs about the presence and activities of certain militant organisations or individuals operating in J&K and Punjab.

A case has been registered in the Sadar police station in Jalandhar. They have been charged with several Sections of the Indian Penal Code including 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war against the Government of India) 120 B (criminal conspiracy), the Arms Act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

The DGP said that further investigations were in progress and the Punjab police was working closely with J&K police to unravel the alleged conspiracy and network built by these outfits or individuals in Punjab and J&K.

The DGP said finding such a terror module and weapons in Jalandhar was indicative of efforts by Pakistan's ISI to expand the arc of militancy on India's western border.

In another recent arrest, Gazi Ahmad Malik was picked up by the Punjab police from Banur, Patiala. He was studying at the Aryans Group Polytechnic College. Gazi was allegedly closely related to Adil Bashir Sheikh, a J&K special police officer, who had fled with seven rifles from the home of a PDP MLAin Srinagar and was suspected to have joined Hizbul Mujahideen. He was later handed over to the J&K police for further investigations.

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