The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the UP Police suspects that terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had carried out a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy killing 40 of its soldiers on February 14, is training youths in Western Uttar Pradesh over mobile phones and video callings, sources in the police said. Besides, simulating fake IDs and spreading the group’s network is part of its planning.
The ATS received the inputs following the arrest of two men who were believed to be linked to Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed from Deoband in Western Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. One of the arrested men is Shahnawaz Ahmad, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam, who used to recruit members for the Jaish, Uttar Pradesh police chief OP Singh said. He is also believed to be a grenade expert. The other man is Aqib Ahmad Malik, a resident of Pulwama.
According to the sources, the two men had been receiving messages from terrorists based in Pakistan and Pakistani Army officials. The police found a handgun and bullets in their possession. The sources added that Ahmad and Malik were getting all instructions from the terrorist group related to the recruitment of youths, and for that, they had been receiving hefty money.
The sources added that several youths in Western UP are on the radar of the ATS.
Last week, security forces gunned down the mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack. Ghazi Abdul Rasheed was among the two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists killed in the encounter, which claimed the lives of four army personnel, including a major.
Kamran alias Ghazi Rasheed was captured by the Indian Army along with two other terrorists. A joint team of 55 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF, and Special Operation Group launched a cordon and search operation early on Monday, after receiving inputs on terrorists taking refuge in the area.