Short of cadre due to elimination of its men, including some top leaders, by security forces, the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist outfit is forcibly taking students away for recruitment, official sources said in Jammu on Tuesday.
"The LeT is short of cadre as a large number of its men and top leaders were eliminated. Now they are forcibly enrolling students and taking them away to remote areas for arms training," a source said.
They said a class IX student Nayaz Ahmed was kidnapped by an LeT area commander, Abu Arif, from Gool area of Udhampur district when he had gone to school a fortnight ago.
An FIR has been registered in this regard by his parents and relatives, who have urged police and security forces to rescue the student from the clutches of terrorists.
More than 20 students have been taken away in a similar manner by the LeT terrorists in far-flung areas in Gool, Darhal, Basantgarh, Madwa and Mendhar belt of Jammu region, they said adding, some of their parents have been given money ranging from Rs 30,000 to 50,000.
Security agencies are trying to rescue the students and crack down on the overground workers of the outfit instrumental in recruitment of youth and students in remote areas.