LeT member arrested in JK left Muzaffarnagar in 2012

Uttar Pradesh Man Worked For Lashkar In Kashmir Became Hardcore Terrorist Cops

Police arrests Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Sandeep Kumar Sharma, resident of Uttar Pradesh, from the same house where LeT commander Bashir Lashkari was killed on July 1, at a press conference in Srinagar on Monday.

"Two individuals, Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, and Muneeb Shah, a resident of Kulgam in south Kashmir, have been arrested", Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Munir Khan told reporters. "He was also involved in bank robbery cases". Sandeep Sharma, 26, was nabbed by J&K police for being a Lashkar module terrorist involved in a series of terror attacks in South Kashmir, including the loot of banks and ATMs to fund terrorists. Senior superintendent of police Anant Dev Tiwari, however, clarified, "We have not detained them, but only called them to know more details about Sandeep."The suspected terrorist's brother, Praveen, said, "Sandeep studied till class VIII but then dropped out".

We apprehended Sandeep during the encounter in which notorious militant Lashkari was eliminated. According to an India.com report, he was part of the Lashkar-e-Taiba module that was involved in the killing of a SHO along with five other policemen. "He was in the valley since 2012", Khan said.

This is the first time in the history since the eruption of insurgency in the state in early 90s that a non-local militant from the mainland India has been arrested, raising alarm bells among different security agencies. "In these crimes, they worked in conjunction with the Lashkar".

He was even arrested in connection with a criminal case, but was later released on bail. He was a close associate of Bashir Lashkari.

Police said Kumar used his old acquaintances and came in touch with a family at Brinty Dialgam. With the active pursuance of his associates, he became part of the over-ground worker for LeT.

Shedding light on the militant links of Sandeep, the IGP said he and other persons were providing shelter, ferrying militants for carrying out militant strikes and actively participating in militant activities.

"At present investigation is in progress". It was here that they met hardcore LeT terrorist Shakoor Ahmad, the IGP disclosed. "Four ATMs were looted and rupees worth lakhs were shared with militants of LeT", Khan said. "He also concealed weapons looted from police guards in a vehicle and shifted them to different locations on the directions of LeT", Khan said.

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