Two Bihar residents held for conspiring to carry out terror activities in J&K


Jammu: The National Investigation Agency on Thursday arrested two Bihar residents owing allegiance to Lashkar-e-Mustafa terrorist outfit for allegedly conspiring to carry out terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

While one of them was arrested from Jammu, the another was nabbed in Bihar.

Identified as Mohammad Arman Ali alias Arman Mansuri, 20, and Mohammad Ehsanullah alias Guddu Ansari, an NIA statement said that both were residents of Saran district in Bihar. While the former was arrested in Bihar, the latter was arrested in Jammu. Mohammad Arman was produced before CJM Saran by the NIA for obtaining his transit remand so that he could be brought before the NIA Court at Jammu.

Both have been arrested in connection with a case registered at Gangyal Police Station in Jammu on February 6 this year relating to a conspiracy by terrorists of Lashkar-e-Mustafa, an off-shoot of Jaish-e-Mohammad for carrying out terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir with an intention to threaten the sovereignty, integrity and security of India, the statement added.

NIA took over investigations in the matter from Jammu Kashmir Police and re-registered the case.

According to it, both the arrested persons were co-conspirators and had been involved in transportation of two separate consignments of illegal arms and ammunition from Bihar to Mohali in Punjab and Ambala in Haryana. Those weapons were further transported to Hidyat Ullah Malik, self declared commander-in-chief of LeM in Jammu and Kashmir, the statement added.

Hidyat Ullah Malik of Shopian was arrested in Jammu on February 6 this year in a joint operation by police men from Jammu and Anantnag districts. Two pistols and a grenade were recovered from his possession. Apart from him, police have also arrested nearly half a dozen militants belonging to LeM outfit in Kashmir Valley.