Zakir Musa’s Cousin among three students produced in Punjab Court by NIA

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National Investigation Agency (NIA) produced three persons, alleged to be members of a Kashmir-based terrorist outfit, Ansar Gajwat-Ul-Hind, in a special court on Tuesday under tight security.

One of the accused, Yousuf Rafiq Bhat, is a cousin of Kashmir-based terrorist leader Zakir Musa who is wanted by security forces in the state.

According to a report in The Indian Express, The court ordered the accused, including Zahid Gulzar, a resident of Awantipora, and Mohammad Edrish Shah, to remain in judicial custody

Next hearing is on December 21.

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Jalandhar police arrested them from an institute with arms and ammunition. The case was later transferred to the NIA.

It is Pertinent to mention, The three students were arrested last month in a joint operation by the Punjab Police and Special Operations Group (SoG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police from the hostel of CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology, located in Shahpur on the outskirts of Jalandhar city, around 160 km from Chandigarh.

Two weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle, were seized from them along with explosives.

“Initial investigations had revealed that the students, identified as Zahid Gulzar, Mohammed Idris Shah and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt, were associated with AGH, a Kashmir-based terrorist outfit with links to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM),” the DGP said.

“The state government was also of the view that the growing attempts by Pakistan-based ISI and terrorist outfits and elements based abroad to revive terrorism in Punjab required strong and concerted efforts by the national agency which has the mandate to investigate all over the country and even abroad,” Arora said in the release.

“The AGH is reportedly headed by Zakir Rashid Bhatt alias Zakir Mussa,” the DGP added.

 

(Rainu Raina)

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