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AGW chief Zakir Musa spotted in Amritsar, Punjab police release ‘wanted’ poster

GURDASPUR

The Punjab Police have released wanted posters of Zakir Musa, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir based Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind militant outfit with reported links to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and alleged affiliation with global terror group Al-Qaeda.

The latest development comes after intelligence agencies informed the police about his movements near Amritsar.

Speaking on the issue, Gurdaspur SSP Swarandeep Singh said, “We had inputs about his (Musa’s) movements near Amritsar. So we have released wanted posters of him to make public aware and have requested them to tell us if they have any information.”

The Punjab Police are on their toes after the intelligence agencies had issued a letter stating that seven members of the militant outfit JeM were believed to be sighted in Ferozepur. Following the development, the state has been put on high alert.

“We had inputs that some JeM militants have infiltrated in Punjab through Ferozepur, so we have taken precautionary measures. Extra forces have been deployed along the border. Checking of vehicles is underway,” the SSP further said.

Reports said that Musa along with a group of 5-6 other Jaish-e-Mohammed militants was reportedly in Punjab and planning to move towards Delhi, a release from the DGP of Punjab said. The police have been alerted about the militants from the Kashmir-based group. As per reports, Musa plans to attack Delhi.

Directions from DGP Punjab have asked the Punjab Police to mount checkpoints at all “important points and routes while they must also conduct strict vehicular checking. “Take suitable counter-measures for all sensitive locations in your area,” Times Now reported quoting a circular issued by the Punjab Police.

Earlier in November, an intelligence input revealed that there may be strike by Zakir Musa in collaboration with some Hizb ul Mujahideen militants. They were spotted hiding in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama.

“At least six to seven militants are reportedly in Punjab (possibly Ferozepur area) and planning to move towards Delhi from Punjab side,” Times Noq report quoted a letter issued by the Counter Intelligence Inspector General.

On November 5, the Punjab Police arrested two students associated with Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, in connection with Maqsudan Police Station hand-grenade blasts case of September 14.

The outfit is headed by Musa, also known as Zakir Rashid Bhatt, who allegedly masterminded and guided the attack, involving Shahid Qayoom and Fazil Bashir, who were students of ST Soldier College of Engineering and Technology in Jalandhar.

(WITH ANI INPUTS)

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