Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir): In a significant operation, the Jammu and Kashmir Police, in collaboration with the 26 Assam Rifles and the 3rd BN CRPF, have successfully dismantled a terror module in the northern district of Bandipora. This joint effort effectively thwarted the sinister intentions of Pakistan-based terror organisers aiming to rekindle terrorism in the region, officials reported on Saturday.
“On August 25, based on a specific input generated by Jammu and Kashmir police about the movement of a hybrid terrorist, a checkpoint was established by the joint party in Dardgund area, jurisdiction of Police Station Pethkoot. At the checkpoint, a suspicious person who on noticing the joint party tried to flee but he was apprehended tactfully. On search, one pistol, one pistol magazine, eight rounds, and other incriminating material were recovered from his possession. He has been identified as Shafayat Zubair Rishi of Nesbal Sumbal,” officials said.
During interrogation, the accused revealed his intention to collect a cache of weapons and ammunition from Munira Begum, the wife of the deceased terrorist and area commander Yousuf Choupan, situated in the Pazalpora area. Notably, Rishi had been in communication with Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, a Pakistan-based terror handler who had crossed over to Pakistan in 1999 and was actively working to revive terrorism in the district.
Further investigations revealed that Shafayat Zubair Rishi was also responsible for an arson incident involving an Army vehicle in Sumbal back in 2009. He had been released on bail in connection to that case, officials added.
Based on information provided by Munira Begum, a cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from a nearby forest area. This included a Krinkov AK-47 rifle, three magazines, ninety rounds of ammunition, and a pen pistol intended for Shafayat Reshi.
Additionally, Shafayat Reshi confessed that he was anticipating a payment of Rs. 47 lakh for his involvement in the terrorist revival scheme. This money was intended to be delivered to him as per the directives of his handler, Mushtaq Mir, for further operations.
A case has been registered under the relevant sections of the law, and ongoing investigations continue into the matter.