New Delhi: Two alleged Hizbul Mujahideen operatives have been apprehended by a special cell of the Delhi Police. The identities of the suspects were revealed after the arrest was carried out. The two suspects are Kifayatullah Bukhari (30) and Jammu and Kashmir cop-turned-Hizbul commander, Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias Naveed Babu. Yet another suspect, a teenager, was produced before the juvenile justice board.
Meanwhile, a joint team of 13 Rashtriya Rifles, 162 battalions of Territorial Army including the Jammu and Kashmir police apprehended terrorist Sarfaraz Ahmed Sheer of Hizbul Mujahideen from Bandipora, stated news agency ANI on Monday.
The arrest of Bukhari was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (special cell) Pramod Kushwaha who added that further probe on the matter was underway. Bukhari is a resident of Pora Bara village in Shopian district of Kashmir, said Kushwaha. A team led by ACP Lalit Mohan Negi and Hriday Bhushan carried out the arrest after receiving inputs about the movements of the terrorists in the area.
Through the operation, police cracked open a major revelation. Police discovered that the Jammu and Kashmir based outfits were procuring weapons from illegal arms-dealer based out of Delhi and other neighbouring states.
Due to the shortage of weapons used in target killings, the operatives used to travel to Delhi on a bus. They return with fewer weapons to avoid getting caught by the police, stated a report. A report by The Times of India stated that police found the whereabouts of Bukhari when he came to Delhi last week to procure weapons. Earlier, police had arrested two ISIS militants of J-K, namely Parvaiz Rashid Lone and Jamsheed Zahoor Paul.
Meanwhile, special cell teams are on the lookout for Naveed who is believed to be hiding in the Shopian district. While conducting a search operation, police discovered an underground hideout capable of housing four to five militants at a time, in J-K. The hideout, which was allegedly created by Naveed himself, was destroyed by the police.