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UP ATS arrests two alleged JeM terrorists posing as students in Deoband

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Two alleged (JeM) terrorists posing as students and involved in recruiting for the group have been arrested from in district, of Police O P said on Friday.

from Kulgam and Aquib from Pulwama in were arrested from the seminary town on Thursday night and .32 bore pistols along with cartridges recovered from them, told reporters.

The operation was headed by IG Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS)

Teli and Malik, aged between 20-25 years, were living in and posing as students without taking admission anywhere, said.

They were on their job to recruit for the JeM, which has claimed responsibility for the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed, he said.

Giving details of the operation, Singh said the ATS got a tip-off about the two from an alert student after which a probe was started. The two men were arrested following surveillance.

"ATS recovered a .32 bore pistol from each of them with cartridges. Jehadi chats, videos and photos were also recovered. These are being investigated," the DGP said, adding that they will be brought to on transit remand.

Asked whether the two men were involved in the Pulwama terror attack, Singh said, "It's difficult to tell whether they came here before the Pulwama attack or after that. The probe is on."

"Both are being interrogated on when they arrived from .. how many other members are involved, have they succeeded in recruiting anyone in JeM, from where did they get funding and how much, what was their target after recruitment," the DGP said.

He said police supported the entire operation and the two forces will coordinate with each other in the future too.

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First Published: Fri, February 22 2019. 14:15 IST