Kishtwar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Dec 09 (ANI): A wanted Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorist, Reyaz Ahmed was arrested on Sunday, a statement issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Police said.

Reyaz, a close associate of HM terrorist Mohd Amin, used to influence the youth to join militancy. He was also wanted in connection with a case under the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), the criminal code of the state of Jammu and Kashmir as the Indian Penal Code is not applicable under the Article 370 of the constitution.

Reyaz was facing a number of charges, including section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against government of India) and 121-A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121), among others.

The statement added that while two individuals had already been arrested in connection with the case, which was registered on July 1, 2018, proceedings had been “withheld for the want of the arrest of” Reyaz and Tohseef Gundana.

Reyaz was also involved in a case registered under the Arms Act in Srinagar’s Parimpora.

“Today, Police party headed by SHO PS Kishtwar, under the supervision of SSP Rajinder Gupta, arrested Reyaz Ahmed,” the statement read.

“There is a likelihood of one more arrest in this case and subsequent recoveries. The accused person is a hardcore motivator of youth, who encourages them for joining militancy and terrorist activities and a close associate of HM terrorist Mohd Amin @ Jhangir Reyaz Ahmed. The police have launched a manhunt to effect certain more arrests shortly, said SSP Rajinder Gupta JKPS,” the police statement added. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.