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Man with Hizbul link held with weapons

Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times  Pathankot, May 10, 2014
First Published: 22:01 IST(10/5/2014) | Last Updated: 22:02 IST(10/5/2014)

A Hizbul terror link was held in the Jammu-bound Sealdah Express on Saturday morning at the Pathankot Cantt Railway Station. Two US-made pistols and 40 live cartridges were recovered from his bag.

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Identified as Ravish-ul-Islam from Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir, he was soon taken into custody by the Government Railway Police (GRP) team.Later, he was taken to police station where he reportedly accepted his terror links before the higher officials of the GRP, who had reached Pathankot after the news of this arrest.

AIG Railway Protection Police Gurdip Singh who called a press conference told that a police party was searching the Sealdah Express on Saturday morning when Islam was asked to show his bag. Singh claimed that after the bag was opened, the officials found two pistols bearing US mark and two countrymade magazines along with 40 live cartridges.

Singh said that the arrested man had admitted that his cousin Abid was earlier working for one Juber from Pulwama, but after Abid was arrested and was behind the bars for two years, Juber was forcing him (Islam) to join the outfit for which he had refused earlier. Islam had told Police that he was threatened with the dire consequences, revealed the AIG. Juber had threatned to kill his family which forced him to become a weapon courier and started smuggling weapons from Bihar, added Singh.

Islam has reportedly accepted that he was sent to Barkha village in Munger district in November 2013 and was given a sum of Rs. 35,000. Besides this amount, he was handed over one pistol, two cartridges at that time by his contacts. Moreover, Islam successfully handed over two pistols and 20 cartridges in February this year to his terror links, added Singh.

According to Singh, Islam has accepted that he was given Rs. 50,000, two pistols and the ammunition with which he was nabbed on Saturday. We would quiz him after producing him in the court, added Singh.

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