In what has set alarm bells ringing for security forces ahead of Independence Day celebrations on Friday, the Kishtwar Police have detained two brothers of former Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) district commander, Habib Gujjar, at the Chowgan ground, 2km from the Kishtwar bus stand.
Jamal Din and Abdul Karim — Jamal was clad in a burka — were held a few metre from the spot where the Indian flag is to be hoisted on
Kishtwar additional superintendent of police Abdul Qayoom told reporters, “Two suspects — Jamal Din and Abdul Karim — have been detained from the Chowgan ground, after their movement aroused suspicion. Jamal Din, a resident of Keshwan, Kishtwar, was dressed in a burka. A large quantity of food, medicines and a number of mobile sets has been recovered from their possession.”
One of the detained individuals, Jamal, is already facing a murder case registered against him in 2010 and a challan in court was presented earlier this month.
“Jamal also faces previous cases related to militancy and would have been detained earlier, as a matter of policy. However, he had been missing and seemed to have given us the slip. On Wednesday, his suspicious movements led us to detain him.”
Sources confirmed that LeT district commander Habib Gujjar killed in an encounter in 2011 is the real brother of the two detainees. Gujjar was responsible for various killings in Kisthwar and also killed a police officer in 2010 in a militant attack in which Jamal (detained on Wednesday) took part. The two are being interrogated, the police said.