Four Sopore youth detained while crossing LOC

Srinagar, September 02: Four young residents of North Kashmir have been detained by the police in an attempt to the cross the border for exfilterating into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). All the four boys detained are students with the age group between 17 to 19 years who were crossing the line of control to go for Arms training in POK.

The teenagers are Identified as  Adil Ahmed, Ishfaq, Tahir and Aijaz. All are the residents of Rather Mohalla at Krankshiwan in Sopore. They were moving in the Vilgam area on Monday in suspicious circumstances when an Army’s patrol party noticed them and detained them. They were not accompanied by any guide when detained.

After being questioned, it was confessed by the boys that they were heading to Pakistan for arms training. This is the first group of local youths intercepted and detained this year while attempting to cross into PoK for arms training. They were later handed over to the police.

According to the reports in The Tribune, a senior police officer in north Kashmir confirmed that four detained teenagers are from Sopore. On questioning, the boys told police that they left their homes on Sunday for a picnic, but headed to Kupwara. The same day, they moved to the Vilgam area and headed to Hafruda forests

“Due to heavy rain and a windstorm, they stayed in the forests. During the day, they headed back to Vilgam when Army men noticed them,” police officer said.

The police has confirmed that the four boys has not told anything about the links with militancy.


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