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NIA to probe arrest of three Kashmiri students from Punjab

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

The National Investigating Agency will probe the arrest of three Kashmiri students, associated with terrorist outfit (AGH), from recently, police said on Saturday.

The students, studying in educational institutions in Punjab's district, were arrested in a joint operation of the and Jammu and Police recently.

"Given the inter-state and international ramifications of the case, the Central and governments have decided to hand over the investigations to the NIA," said Punjab of Police

The three students were arrested last month in a joint operation by the and (SoG) of Jammu and Police from the hostel of of Engineering Management and Technology, located in Shahpur on the outskirts of city, around 160 km from Chandigarh.

Two weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle, were seized from them along with explosives.

"The decision to hand over the case was taken after discussions on the issue between the and the Ministry of Home Affairs," the DGP said in a statement.

"Initial investigations had revealed that the students, identified as Zahid Gulzar, and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt, were associated with AGH, a Kashmir-based terrorist outfit with links to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)," the DGP said.

"The AGH is reportedly headed by alias Zakir Mussa," the DGP added.

Senior officials took note of the fact that after these arrests, two more Kashmiri students were arrested by in the hand-grenade blasts case of September 14.

Two other accomplices of these arrested students are still absconding.

"This was indicative of efforts by to expand the arc of militancy on India's western border," Arora pointed out, adding that the entire conspiracy and network to foment trouble in Punjab needed to be exposed.



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 21:36 IST