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Jammu and Kashmir: Police bust terror funding and recruitment module in Kupwara, 6 arrested

Jammu-Kashmir: Security forces have got great success against terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Security forces have caught a module of terrorists in Kupwara. Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara police on Thursday busted a ‘terror funding and recruitment module’ in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district and arrested five persons with pistols and weapons planning to carry out attacks in north Kashmir.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Jammu-Kashmir: Security forces have got great success against terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Security forces have caught a module of terrorists in Kupwara. Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara police on Thursday busted a ‘terror funding and recruitment module’ in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district and arrested Six persons with pistols and weapons planning to carry out attacks in north Kashmir.

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A large quantity of arms and ammunition have been recovered from the arrested terrorists. “A huge quantity of arms, ammunition, raw material to prepare IEDs and incriminating material have been recovered from all the apprehended individuals. We also recovered five pistols, ten Magazines, 49 pistol ammunition, two grenades and one IED,” said police. “It is a big success,” they said.

The police said a joint operation was launched by the Army and Kupwara police to nab one Bilal Ahmed Dar of the Cheerkote area of Kupwara district, after receiving inputs about the militant.

“We interrogated Bilal and found he, along with five others, from parts of North Kashmir were running a terror funding racket under a fake NGO namely ‘Islahi Falahi Relief Trust’ (IFRT) which claimed to provide monetary assistance to poor and needy families.” The person was actively involved in coordinating the funding for terror activities and aiding recruitment by organising ‘Ijtema’ meetings in different villages where he along with other members of the NGO would try and lure young people into anti-national activities.

Bilal also revealed the names of other accomplices including Wahid Ahmed Bhatt from Kachloo, Langet, and Javed Ahmed Najar from Singhpora, Baramulla and three individuals namely Mushtaq Ahmed Najar of Brath Sopore and Bashir Ahmed Mir from Mundji area of Sopore. The police further said Pakistan-based handlers were coordinating the module to aid the operations of ‘Tehreek-e-ul Mujahideen Jammu & Kashmir’ (TuMJK) in North Kashmir.

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Police said the mastermind behind the recruitment and terror funding module has been identified as one Wahid Ahmed Bhatt alias Tauheed. The module was being coordinated by Pakistan based handlers to aid the operations of ‘Tehreek-e-ul Mujhahideen Jammu & Kashmir’ (TuMJK) in north Kashmir.

The group used to visit different villages and conduct events and gatherings under NGO funding and collect money by asking for charity and also scout for potential soft targets as recruits. “The accounts in the NGO’s name were being used to launder money for the TuMJK. The group was also actively collecting explosive materials known to be used in IEDs,” said police.

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