HuJI’s Jammu chief arrested (Lead)

December 22nd, 2008 - 4:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Dec 22 (IANS) A top leader of the militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HuJI) has been arrested in this Jammu and Kashmir winter capital, just two days before the seventh and final round of polling in the state.Faizal Suhail, chief of the HuJI in Jammu region, was arrested following a raid in Jammu city late Sunday, police said.

The raid was conducted by a joint team of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jammu police, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Jammu, Manohar Singh, disclosed without naming the locality.

Suhail, said to be a resident of Chhatroo in mountainous Kishtwar district, “is involved in a number of militancy related incidents including killing of five personnel of Border Roads Organisation near Kishtwar in June this year”, Singh added.

“We are interrogating this militant but in all probability his presence in Jammu at this point in time indicates his plans to disrupt elections.”

A pistol and a grenade have been recovered from Suhail.

With just two days before the last phase of elections in the state, security in the region has been intensified. Thirteen assembly seats in and around Jammu city as well as eight seats in Srinagar go to the polls on Christmas Eve.

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