Chandigarh: High alert was on Thursday sounded in Firozabad and Bhatinda after wanted terrorist Zakir Musa was spotted in Punjab, almost three weeks after the Amritsar grenade attack. The alert has been issued following intelligence reports that Kashmiri terrorist Zakir Musa could be hiding in the area.

The Kashmiri militant was reportedly spotted in a Sikh turban. Musa is the chief of Jammu and Kashmir based Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind terror outfit with reported links to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Following the threat, army troopers, Punjab Police and other para-military have been stationed in and around important places like the Bathinda railway station and checking is being carried out since early Thursday.

Earlier, the Punjab Police also released posters of Zakir Moosa to make public aware and inform the police if they happened to spot him. “We had inputs about his (Zakir Moosa’s) movements near Amritsar. So we have released wanted posters of him to make public aware and have requested them to tell us if they have any information,” said Gurdaspur police officer Swarandeep Singh.

It must be noted that Musa had succeeded Burhan Wani as the chief of the terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen following Wani’s death in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir in July 2016. Punjab Police officials said here that the high alert had been sounded to nab the terrorist.