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Army busts int'l arms racket in J&K

The Army nabs a Nepali resident who was acting as a conduit between Nepali Maoists rebels and Kashmiri terrorist outfits, reports Tejinder Singh Sodhi.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 23:23 IST
Tejinder Singh Sodhi
Tejinder Singh Sodhi

Army in Baramulla district of north Kashmir has busted an international racket of arms and ammunition, by arresting a Nepali resident who was acting as a conduit between Nepali Maoists rebels and Kashmiri terrorist outfits.

The transaction of such dealing was made using Hawala channels in which an advocate of Jammu and Kashmir High Court is also involved.

Hindustan Times has the exclusive information that a Nepali resident Pasang Lama Son of Late Lundip Lama a resident of Humla district near Nepali capital of Katmandu, was acting as a conduit between Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, Nepali Maoists rebels and the insurgents in northeastern states of India, and was purchasing arms and ammunition from Kashmiri terrorists at cheaper rates and selling the same to Nepali Maoists with a higher price tag.

Pasang Lama who is living in G-49, I Ford, Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar in New Delhi was a frequent visitor to Jammu and Kashmir and had lived in Srinagar for three months. He was regularly visiting far off villages of Jammu and Kashmir to undertake weapon sale in a disguise of a shawl and carpet dealer.

Pasang Lama was intouch with an Advocate of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Abdul Latif Wani Alias Vakil from his Delhi mobile number 09910467797. Latif acted as a mediator in all the Hawala transactions.

According to the information available with HT, a Nepali resident and a friend of Pasang Lama, Kunjup Tsering who is presently residing in Delhi appointed Pasang Lama to purchase a huge consignment of arms and ammunition from Kashmir and to deliver it to either Kathmandu or Delhi, from where he (Kunjup Tsering ) would send it to the Maoists in Nepal and sell rest of it to the insurgents in northeast.

For this a huge amount of money was deposited into two different accounts of Abdul Latif Wani in Rajouri Kadal branch of Jammu and Kashmir bank in Srinagar Account Number 14219 and the Court Road, Lal Chowk branch of Vijaya Bank in Srinagar account number 1591.

In December last year Pasang Lama was successful in purchasing a consignment of weapon for which he paid Rs 4,77000 in cash. The amount for purchase of the weapons was withdrawn from bank account of Abdul Latif wani from the Rajouri Kadal branch of Jammu and Kashmir bank account number 14219.

Three bearer cheques were given to Pasang Lama drawn in favor of Sider Tamang, Cheque Number 5070189 dated 30-11-2006 worth 200000, Cheque Number 5070350 dated 15-12-2006 worth 40,000 and Cheque Number 5070190 dated 31-12-2006 worth rupees 237000.

The weapons comprising of AK 47 assault rifles, hand grenades, and rocket launchers and pistols were delivered in a fruit truck in the Delhi fruit market from where it was taken to Nepal by Kunjup Tsering.

According to the information Pasang Lama returned back to Jammu and Kashmir and was now looking for another consignment of the weapon, he was aided by one Younis Ahmad son of Abdul Aziz of Srinagar, and to book a new deal he was frequently visiting the north Kashmir.

An officer of the army's 46 RR posted in Baramulla from his sources came to know about the movements of Pasang Lama and Younis and he with the help of his sources lured both of them to Baramulla, for a fake weapon deal.

The cost of weapons was fixed at Rs 60,000 for an AK 47 rifle Rs 30,000 for a pistol and a grenade at 2000. A deal for four grenades, one pistol and an AK 47 rifle was made.

The deal was that Pasang would see the weapon in Baramulla and pay half of the money in advance where as he would pay rest of the amount when he gets the consignment in New Delhi delivered in a fruit truck.

Pasang Lama came to see the weapon with a bearer Cheque of 20,000 of Court road Lal chowk branch of Vijaya bank Cheque Number 879867 dated 30-12-2006 drawn in favor of Ramesh. The whole transaction was recorded on video camera and Pasang Lama was arrested by the army. Pasang's aide Younis Ahemd who was called at another place was also arrested with an amount of 50,000.

The interrogation of Pasang Lama by the army and the intelligence bureau reveled, some startling facts.

Pasang was in touch with Pakistani ISI, various terrorist outfits in Jammu and Kashmir, Nepal and northeastern states of India. He was in the business of arms trade for last four years.

Weapons were delivered to Pasang trough fruit truck in Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat from where his friend Kunjup Tsering would carry them to Nepal and supply the same to Maoists. His elder brother BCU Lama who is presently living in Lhasa, Tibet was in constant touch with him and BCU Lama was in touch with insurgents in northeast.

In Delhi Pasang used Delhi metro as his source of transportation so that no one could monitor his activities, he was also frequently visiting Manali, Delhi, Srinagar, Lhasa and Kathmandu. Younis Ahmed who was also arrested in the case is also working as an agent with advocate of J&K High Court Abdul Latif Wani.

First Published: Feb 01, 2007 22:36 IST