Pics of 9 new militant recruits surface ahead of PM’s visit

Srinagar, November 05: Fresh Pictures of Lashkar-e-Toiba recruits are being circulated on social networking sites ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Srinagar on November 7. The police and other security agencies are on a high alert and have launched a manhunt to nab these news faces of Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Meanwhile, there is ample intelligence that Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has entrusted Abu Dujana as its new commander in J&K. Abu Dujana carries a cash prize of Rs 8 Lakh and can be expected to carry out more attacks to avenge the killing of his former boss Abu Qasim.

Abu Dujana LeT
Abu Dujana, New LeT commander in Kashmir

There are around 9 new faces of militants in recent pictures distributed on social media who are believed to have infiltrated from across the border a month ago and were ferried to south Kashmir by top LeT commander Abu Qasim killed last week.

Although the security agencies do not have any information about them such as their names but it has been believed that these militants are of age less than 20 years but are also very highly trained. These militants had been distributed across south Kashmir in smaller modules.

According to a senior police officer, “The police had all the information regarding infiltration and subsequent ferrying of these militants to south Kashmir and now these pictures has proved the information right.”

“The killing of Qasim had weakened the network of Lashkar-e-Toiba in the south Kashmir. However, addition of nine new faces will be a fresh challenge to security establishment,” the officer added.

As per Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir zone, SJM Gillani, the situation is under control but the  police and other security agencies have gone into an overdrive to hunt down the militants ahead of the PM’s visit.

“The pictures have been doing the rounds for quite a while now. We are verifying the veracity of these pictures.” said the IGP. “The police are not yet sure whether Qasim was the man behind smuggling these militants to south Kashmir or this was an older module that it is thought to be,” he said.

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