Srinagar: A suspected militant and an over-ground worker (OGW) have been detained in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Thursday.
“A terrorist and a main handler were detained today with the help of community,” a police spokesman said.
“An active terrorist alias Talha Umair alias Abu Hamza, affiliated with a proscribed terror outfit from Sehpora village in Ganderbal, who had joined the militancy earlier this year, has been detained with persistent efforts of District Police Ganderbal and his family,” he said.
While the spokesman did not identify the militant with his real name or disclose which outfit he belonged to, police sources said he was affiliated to the Zakir Musa-led Ansar-Gazwat-ul-Hind (AGUH) an affiliate of al-Qaeda in the Valley.
“The main handler namely Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, also a resident of Sehpora, who has been instrumental in persuading him to join terrorist ranks, has also been detained by the police for questioning,” the spokesman said.
He said few more arrests were expected in the coming days.
The spokesman said the detained militant was involved in a weapon snatching case near the Kashmir University at Hazratbal here earlier this year.
Investigation pertaining to the said case is also in progress, he said.