The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police on Saturday said that they have arrested Hidayatullah Malik who is the chief of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Mustafa (LeM) that is an offshoot of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
According to the report of ANI, the Jammu and Kashmir Police gave a statement that Hidayatullah Malik, chief of Lashkar-e-Mustafa terror organization, has been arrested from Jammu in a joint operation by Jammu & Anantnag police.
Terrorist Hidayatullah Malik has been arrested near Kunjwani in Jammu. A pistol and a grenade have been recovered from his possession. “When we went to arrest him, he attacked the police party”, said Jammu SSP Shridhar Patil.
A Zee News report quotes SSP Patil who said:
“Today, at about 03:30 PM an operation was launched with the assistance of Jammu police at Kunjwani Jammu. During the joint operation, the said terrorist attacked the joint party and tried to escape from the spot but the team while displaying exemplary discipline and dedication apprehended him tactfully because the Kunjwani area of Jammu is a very crowded place.”
Further, it has also been reported that four terrorist associates, who were arrested earlier, had revealed that terrorist Hidayatullah Malik was planning a major attack in Jammu city that is the winter capital of the UT of J&K. It must be mentioned here that terrorist Malik is one of ten accused in a case pertaining to detection of the powerful car bomb in Pulwama in May 2020, which was later on destroyed on the spot to avert any major mishap.
As per available information, Anantnag resident Ayaz Bhat was the first to be arrested in this chain on 18 January 2021 from whom police officials recovered a pistol. Additionally, it was on the basis of Bhat’s confession that police arrested two other terrorists namely Pampore resident Rayees Mir and Shopian resident Shakir Itoo. Police also recovered two grenades from them.
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