The Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) based Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) is reviving its depleting cadre in Kashmir, recruiting educated youth who are well-versed in computers and instructing them to go after the mainstream political parties and their supporters in Kashmir.
The LeT's new recruitment drive came to the fore when the police in north-east Kashmir's Bandipora followed the trail of Zahoor Ahmad Dar, a resident of Hajin area. Dar visited Pakistan in May, 2011 and stayed at a militant training camp for 15 days, before returning to the valley.
"Dar visited Pakistan on fake addresses at the behest of LeT commanders for computer training in May last year," said Bandipora superintendent of police Basheer Ahmed Khan.
Dar got in touch with Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a surrendered militant, to help send across the Line of Control some educated youths for computer and arms training.
"Bhat motivated Nissar Ahmed Ganaie, an educated youth, at the behest of Dar and sent him across for computer training. Ganaie also started transporting money and other material for the LeT cadres," said Khan.
The police have arrested all the three LeT members, busting a module planning attacks on politicians and security forces.
The police have also arrested three more militants of a different LeT module in the same district. Sources said the LeT is working on buddy-pairs and smaller modules to make it difficult for the security agencies to track and nab LeT cadres in the valley.
The arrested militants were identified as Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Zubair Ahmad Parray and Ashaaq Ashraf Baba, all residents of Hajin.
"Matrix sheets and a list of persons, including police officers, and political personalities of Hajin areas were recovered from their possession. A letter pad of the LeT and the Hizbul Mujahideen outfits were also recovered from them," said the SP Bandipora.
The police said these groups were involved in threatening sarpanches and panches of the area. "The groups were conspiring to kill of cadre of mainstream political parties," said SP Khan.
The arrest of six LeT militant has come in the wake of spurt in attacks on mainstream political parties. National Conference leader and senior minister Ali Muhammad Sagar was attacked last month in Srinagar. On Tuesday evening, unidentified gunmen attacked the vehicle of Mujeeb Sidiqque, who contested 2008 assembly elections unsuccessfully from Srinagar's Batmaloo constituency.