OGW wanted for motivating young boys to join Hizb arrested in north Kashmir: Police

Police in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday claimed to have arrested an over-ground worker who they said was wanted for motivating young boys to join Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit.

A police spokesman said that Ishtiaq Ahmed Wani, son of Farooq Ahmed Wani, resident of Goushbugh Pattan who was at large and wanted for “motivating and instigating young boys of Pattan and Palhallan areas to join Hizb ul Mujahideen outfit.”

He said that controllers of Hizb were trying to accelerate the recruitment process in the area “as most of the militants active in north Kashmir have been killed due to continuous pressure/ encounters by police and other security agencies”.

He said that a case under FIR No 165 /2017 under sections of 13 Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and sec 506 RPC has been registered at Police Station Pattan and investigation has been taken up.

The spokesman said that police in Baramulla recently “saved around 10 boys meant to be inducted in militant ranks from the clutches of militants and were handed over to parents. Out of these, four boys were motivated by the subject to join militant ranks of HM outfit.”

GK