Joint Effort by Jammu and Kashmir Police, Assam Rifles, and CRPF Thwarts Pakistan-Linked Terror Plot (Terror Module)
Accused Discloses Connection with Exfiltrated Terror Handler and Past Involvement in Terror Activities
Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir) , August 26 (City Times): (Terror Module) Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have successfully dismantled a terrorist module in North Kashmir’s Bandipora, preventing the resurgence of terrorism in the district, reportedly orchestrated by Pakistan-based handlers.
Joint Operation Leads to Arrest
On August 25, acting on precise intelligence from Jammu and Kashmir police regarding the movement of a suspected terrorist, a joint security team, comprising Jammu and Kashmir Police, 26 Assam Rifles, and 3rd BN CRPF, established a checkpoint in the Dardgund area, within the jurisdiction of Police Station Pethkoot. At the checkpoint, a suspicious individual attempted to flee upon noticing the joint security team but was apprehended skillfully. A subsequent search of the individual’s possessions led to the discovery of one pistol, one pistol magazine, eight rounds of ammunition, and other incriminating materials. The individual has been identified as Shafayat Zubair Rishi from Nesbal Sumbal.
Revelation of Terror Plot
During interrogation, Rishi revealed that he was en route to collect a cache of arms and ammunition from Munira Begum, the wife of the deceased terrorist and area commander Yousuf Choupan in the Pazalpora area. It was disclosed that Rishi had been in contact with a Pakistan-based terror handler, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, who had exfiltrated to Pakistan in 1999.
Mir was actively involved in efforts to revive terrorism in the district. He had also played a role in the 2000 Kothibagh IED blast, resulting in the loss of 14 lives, including 12 police personnel. Rishi had affiliations with proscribed terror groups such as Hizbul Mujahideen and later with Al-Badr. Additionally, he was implicated in the burning of an Army vehicle in Sumbal in 2009 and had been released on bail in that case.
Cache of Arms and Ammunition Recovered
Based on Munira Begum’s information, a hidden cache of arms and ammunition was discovered in a nearby forest area. The recovered items included a Krinkov AK-47 rifle, three magazines, ninety rounds of ammunition, and a pen pistol. These weapons were intended for delivery to Shafayat Rishi.
Revelations of Travel to Pakistan and Financial Motives
Further investigations revealed that Munira Begum had traveled to Pakistan on two occasions. Shafayat Rishi also admitted that he was expecting to receive 47 lakhs in funds to facilitate the revival of terrorists. Subsequently, this money was intended to be handed over to another individual in accordance with the directives of his handler, Mushtaq Mir.
Legal Action and Ongoing Investigation
A case has been registered under relevant sections of the law, and investigations are currently underway to uncover more details about this thwarted terror plot.