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NIA set to probe case related to 3 Kashmiri students having terror links

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The government has decided to hand over to a case involving three Kashmiri students who were arrested for their alleged association with a terror outfit.

The students -- Zahid Gulzar, Mohd. and -- were arrested from an engineering college in last month and two weapons, including an assault rifle, and explosives were seized from them.

Police had said they were associated with Kashmir-based terror outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH).

The AGH reportedly has links with the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and is headed by alias Zakir Mussa, who masterminded and guided attacks on the station in on September 14, they had said.

The decision to hand over the case to the (NIA) was taken after discussions on the issue between the and the Home Ministry, of Police (DGP) said in an release said.

It said the decision came in the wake of the inter-state and international ramifications of the case".

The students were arrested in a joint operation by the Police and the Police's Special Operations Group (SoG) from the hostel of of Engineering Management and Technology in Shahpur on the outskirts of

Two weapons, including an assault rifle, were also seized from them along with explosives, police had said.

Initial investigations had revealed that the students were allegedly associated with terror outfit AGH, they had said.

The decision to hand over the investigations to was aimed at ensuring speedy and more effective probe into the matter, the DGP said

"The was also of the view that the growing attempts by Pakistan-based ISI and terror outfits and elements based abroad to revive terrorism in Punjab required strong and concerted efforts by the national agency which has the mandate to investigate all over the country and even abroad," Arora said in the release.

The Punjab Police, he said, would extend all support and help to to ensure that the investigations are completed, and the nexus of terrorist outfits and elements based in and abroad is identified and broken at the earliest.

The release said while deciding to hand over the case to the NIA, the state and central government also took note of a separate case in which two Kashmiri students were arrested by the on November 5 in connection with the station incident.

This is indicative of the efforts by spy agency (ISI) to expand the arc of militancy on India's western border, Arora said.

He also underlined the need to unravel the entire conspiracy and network built by these outfits and individuals in Punjab and

The DGP said the is keeping a close eye to pre-empt any further incidents of targeting police stations and officers in Punjab.

Police is taking all the required steps to ensure that militant elements and anti-national forces are not allowed to disturb the peace and communal harmony in the state, he said.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 22:50 IST