Srinagar, Dec 20: Police in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday claimed to have arrested a close associate of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Naveed Jatt in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
“Based on credible input, a joint team of Srinagar and Ganderbal Police arrested an active militant of LeT from Kangan area of Ganderbal,” said a police spokesman.
He identified the militant as Zubair Shabir Bhat son of Shabir Ahmad Bhat resident of Malpora Qazigund.
“He was affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT and was a close associate of commander Naveed Jutt @Hanzalla and Umar Rashid Wani @Abu Haadi,” said the spokesman.
Bhat, he said, was involved in several conspiracies of weapon snatching and other crimes including threatening of panchayat and ULB candidates in Anantnag and Kulgam districts recently.
“He was also involved in many crimes including case FIR number 128/2018 U/S 147, 148, 336 RPC of PS Qazigund. He was also involved in planning attacks on the security establishments in the area including attacks on local police personnel deployed for duties inside city,” said the spokesman.
Huge quantity of incriminating material has been seized from Zubair, he said.
A case under relevant sections of law has been registered in the matter and further investigation is in progress. (GNS)