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J-K: LeT militant arrested in Sopore, was involved in stone-pelting

Security forces on Wednesday arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant, who was earlier involved in incidents of stone pelting, in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district

india Updated: Jul 26, 2017 19:21 IST
PTI, Sribagar
LeT,LeT Militant,Basit Najar
Basit Najar was caught with a pistol at a checkpoint put up at a fruit market in the town.(PTI Representative Photo)

Security forces on Wednesday arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant, who was earlier involved in incidents of stone pelting, in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said.

Basit Najar was caught with a pistol at a checkpoint put up at a fruit market in the town, a police spokesman said.

Police said Najar confessed during questioning that he and his associate, Danish Mantoo, recently joined the LeT and were active in Sopore.

“Photographs of Najar holding a pistol recently surfaced on social networking sites. Before joining militancy, he was a notorious stone pelter. He organised stone pelting incidents and motivated youth for the same in Sopore town,” the spokesman said.

Najar had also surfaced in a video where he was seen protesting with other militants during a funeral procession for killed ultras in Sopore.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 19:18 IST