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J&K deputy jail superintendent among two arrested for aiding militants

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested two accused, including the deputy superintendent of a prison here, in connection with trying to facilitate the travel of two militants to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) for arms training to wage war against the state.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2018 23:59 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Jammu/ Srinagar
terror conspiracy case,Feroz Ahmad Lone,deputy jail superintendent
The accused have been identified as Ishaq Palla of Shopian and Feroz Ahmad Lone of Budgam. Lone is at present posted as deputy jail superintendent, Amphalla prison, Jammu. (HT File )

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested two accused, including the deputy superintendent of a prison here, in connection with trying to facilitate the travel of two militants to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) for arms training to wage war against the state.

The accused have been identified as Ishaq Palla of Shopian and Feroz Ahmad Lone of Budgam. Lone is at present posted as deputy jail superintendent, Amphalla prison, Jammu. They have been arrested in a case RC-07/2018/NIA/DLI under section 120B of RPC and 13, 18 and 18B of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

“The case pertains to an attempt by the accused Suhail Ahmad Bhat and Danish Ghulam Lone, who were arrested earlier, for travelling to PoK for arms training. They were motivated by Ishaq Palla, who at that time was lodged in Srinagar central prison in a different case and was instrumental in hatching the conspiracy from jail,” stated an official release.

In this conspiracy, Palla was actively assisted by Feroze Ahmad Lone, who was posted as deputy jail superintendent central jail Srinagar at that time, it added.

The official statement further said that the conspiracy meeting at Srinagar central prison was held on October 25, 2017. “The accused were in contact with each other through blackberry messenger during the entire month of October, before they were apprehended by police on October 30 last year,” it said.

The NIA said that Ishaq Palla has been remanded to its custody for 10 days by the special NIA court in Jammu. Other accused Feroz Ahmad Lone will be produced before the court on Wednesday and the NIA will try to seek his custody too. Investigation continues to unearth the larger conspiracy, said an official.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 23:29 IST