Jammu/Srinagar. In a significant success for the security forces, a terror funding and recruitment module has been busted in a joint operation by Indian army and J&K police in Kupwara district. Six terror operatives in this regard have been apprehended and five pistols, 10 magazines, 49 pistol ammunition, two grenades and one IED were seized from their possession.
As per reports, the action was made possible after an individual, Bilal Ahmed Dar, resident of Cheerkote area of Kupwara was arrested following inputs about the financing of a terror group and its recruitment activities.
After thorough probe, Dar revealed that he along with five people from different parts of North Kashmir were running a terror funding racket under the garb of a fake NGO called “Islahi Falahi Relief Trust” which claimed to provide assistance to poor and needy families, the spokesperson said.
He was actively involved in co-ordinating the funding for terrorist activities and aiding recruitment by organising “Ijtema” meetings in different villages where he along with other members of the NGO would try and lure young people into anti- national activities.
Bilal also revealed the names of other accomplices including Wahid Ahmed Bhatt from Kachloo, Langet, and Javed Ahmed Najar from Singhpora, Baramulla and three individuals namely Mushtaq Ahmed Najar of Brath Sopore and Bashir Ahmed Mir from Mundji area of Sopore.
The module was being coordinated by Pakistan based handlers to aid the operations of ‘Tehreek-e-ul Mujhahideen Jammu & Kashmir’ (TuMJK) in North Kashmir.
The modus operandi of the group was to visit villages and conduct events and gatherings under the garb of the NGO and collect money by asking for charity and also scout for potential soft targets as recruits. The accounts in the NGO’s name were being used to launder money for the TuMJK. The group was also responsible for putting anti-national posters around the August 15 and during the visit of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Baramulla.
Bilal also admitted to hoisting a Pakistani flag inside Markazi Jamia Masjid Kupwara on the August 14 on the instructions of his Pakistani handlers. The group was also actively collecting explosive materials used in IED.
Bilal and his associates were receiving instructions from across the border from two local terror handlers who are now based in Pakistan – Dr. Shah Sab alias Manzoor Shah alias Gen Abdullah actually named as Ghulam Rasool Shah of Hyhama Kupwara, and Tariq Peer actually named Mohd Sultan Peer of Sulkoot Kupwara and Pakistani handlers with different codes.
A case under relevant sections of law has been registered against all the terror operatives in Police Station Kupwara for further investigation.