Deputy superintendent of Jammu prison sent to 9-day NIA remand in connection with alleged terror plot
A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Wednesday sent deputy superintendent of Ambphalla prison, Feroz Ahmad Lone, to nine days custody of the premier investigating agency in connection with his alleged connivance with a militant at Srinagar central jail to send Kashmiri youth to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) for arms training in terror camps.
Lone, who was wearing sky-blue jeans and a t-shirt and surrounded by four to five policemen, was produced before the court here this morning. He, however, didn’t respond to any media queries and also stumbled before entering the court.
“Today (Wednesday), the NIA produced him before a court which sent him on a remand till September 6,” said an NIA official.
Lone, who hails from Kashmir’s Budgam district and is currently posted as deputy superintendent, Ambphalla prison in Jammu, was arrested on Tuesday along with the main accused Ishaq Palla. The two had allegedly connived to send two youth, Suhail Ahmad Bhat and Danish Ghulam Lone, to PoK for arms training in terror camps to wage war against India.
A meeting in this regard had taken place on October 25, 2017, at the central jail, Srinagar, where Lone was then posted as deputy jail superintendent, the NIA said. “Palla, a resident of Shopian, was lodged in Srinagar jail in a different case and he was instrumental in hatching the conspiracy from there. He was actively assisted by Feroz Ahmad Lone,” it said.
“The case pertains to an attempt by Bhat and Danish Ghulam Lone, who were arrested earlier, to travel to PoK for arms training to wage war against the state. They were motivated by Palla,” the NIA said.
Bhat and Danish Lone were arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police in Kupwara district near the Line of Control while trying to cross over to PoK on October 30, 2017.
The NIA said the duo was in contact with each other through the Blackberry messenger during the entire month of October before being apprehended. Palla already been remanded in 10 days NIA custody by the special NIA court in Jammu.