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Trooper-turned-militant arrested in JK

May 20, 2010 13:13 IST

A Central Reserve Police Force jawan-turned-militant and another ultra were arrested and a cache of arms recovered from them in Kishtwar and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said on Thursday.

Acting on a tip off, security forces raided a hideout of the CRPF-jawan-turned-militant of Hizbul Mujahideen, Khalik Hussain, in Patidhar village of Poonch district late on Wednesday night.

Khalik had served in the 84th battalion of the CRPF before he was dismissed and jailed in connection with the killing of a colleague in 2001.

He was entrusted the task of preparing improvised explosive devices and triggering blasts in the border district and Poonch highway, according to the police.

Khalik joined the militants when he returned to Mendhar tehsil after his jail term, where his son Zubair Ahmed was allegedly working with Hizbul commanders in the area.

Zubair, a Class 10 student, is also absconding and the police forces are searching for him.

During search operations in Khalik's hideout, security forces recovered two kgs of RDX, 11 detonators, 10 safety fuses, five-meter wire, 10 detonators and some ammunition rounds, they said.

Acting on another intelligence input, police and security forces arrested a Lashkar-e-Tayiba militant Abdul Gani from Saeawan area of Kishtwar district on Wednesday night. He was a close associate of LeT group commander Habibullah alais Salma.

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