Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Police on Tuesday said they have arrested a stone-pelter, who turned into Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, from the Sopore area of Baramulla district.
"Today a joint naka of 22-RR, the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and the Sopore Police was laid at Fruit Mandi crossing Sopore. During naka checking, one individual identified as Basit Najar of Sopore was apprehended. We have recovered one pistol from his possession," said a police official.
The officials said on questioning, the accused revealed that he along with his associate Danish Mantoo recently joined the LeT outfit and were active in Sopore area.
"It is pertinent to mention that photos of Basit Najar holding a pistol recently surfaced on the social networking sites. Before joining militancy, Basit was a notorious stone-pelter and was a mastermind in organising stone-pelting and motivating youth for stone-pelting in Sopore town", the officer said.
Recently, a video surfaced showing Najar with other active terrorists in protests during the funeral of a terrorist in the Valley.
A first information report (FIR) under Section 297/2016 u/s 147, 148, 149, 336 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and 231/2016 u/s 147, 148, 149, 336 of RPC has been registered against him.
The Indian Army has foiled 84 infiltration bids and killed 142 terrorists on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir since 2014, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
In the process, 29 army personnel lost their lives, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said in a written reply.
The Minister said 216 cases of ceasefire violations occurred on the LoC -- under the operational control of the Army -- in Jammu and Kashmir
till June, of which around 150 were recorded in May and June.
On the international border in the state -- which is under the operational control of the Border Security Force -- 23 cases of ceasefire violations were recorded, he said.