The Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested an alleged Pakistani militant who was operating in North Kashmir’s Baramulla area with the help of a fake identity and an Aadhaar card that may have been acquired through dubious means.
The militant belonged to the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit, police said, adding that they are probing how the militant came in possession of the document. “The card is computer-made. We are trying to ascertain if it is a fake card or an original that the militant managed to get from the authorities through dubious means,” said a senior police officer from the area.
A statement released by the police said that the militant commander, identified as Abdul Rehman from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, was arrested on a tip-off from Hajibal in the upper reaches of Baramulla town on Saturday evening. “The militant was part of a Fidayeen squad that infiltrated into the country from Kupwara sector in January this year. Rehman was trained at a Jaish-e-Mohammad training camp located in Balakot, Pakistan,” it added.
Rehman was reportedly working in North Kashmir under the alias Shabir Ahmad Khan, son of Ghulam Rasool Khan. Police said he was also known by other names, including Saad and Shahid.
The militant, who was arrested in a joint operation by the police and the Army, was reportedly planning to establish a Jaish-e-Mohammad base in Baramulla town. “He was operating in and around the area, trying to recruit youth for his training module,” said an officer.
Police said they recovered a Kalashnikov rifle, four grenades, a wireless set, ammunition and incriminating documents from Rehman’s possession.
The incident has once again raised concerns over the procedural lapses that reportedly occur during the issuance of important identification documents. In July last year, a supervisor at an UIDAI centre in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh, got an Aadhaar card made for his dog – Tuffy. The card was cancelled only when a disgruntled resident filed a complaint against the dog owner.