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Pak militant held

A Harkat-ul-Mujahideen ultra who had infiltrated into Indian territory from Pakistan has been arrested by BSF near the LoC in Tangdhar sector of J&K.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2008 20:36 IST

A Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) ultra who had infiltrated into Indian territory from Pakistan was arrested by BSF near the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir, a BSF spokesman said on Monday.

Abdul Assam, a resident of Zhob district of Balochistan, was arrested in Tangdhar sector of North Kashmir's Kupwara district after a brief chase on Sunday, he said.

The militant, who was part of a large group of militants, sneaked into the valley from across the border during the intervening night of July 11-12.

However, nine of his associates fled back to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir after they came under fire from BSF and army troops along the LoC, the spokesman said.

Assam, who could not catch up with the fleeing group survived in the dense jungle for the past seven days waiting for an opportunity to exfiltrate, he said.

Troops of 143rd battalion BSF noticed suspicious movement close to the LoC and subsequently laid an ambush, the spokesman said, adding, the militant who was trying to exfiltrate was subsequently nabbed by the jawans after a brief chase.

Preliminary interrogations revealed that the militnat had joined militancy in 2007 to make a living.

The spokesman said the captured militant revealed that the group was carrying fake Indian currency with the face value of Rs 20 lakh and was going to be received by some senior commanders of the outfit in the valley.

"The apprehended militant has revealed many startling facts about plans and activities of Jehadi outfits and the role of Inter-services Intelligence of Pakistan," he said without divulging further details.