Top HuJi militant arrested in Jammu

December 22nd, 2008 - 1:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Dec 22 (IANS) The Jammu head of the Bangladesh-based militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HuJI) has been arrested, police in this Jammu and Kashmir winter capital said Monday. 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 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.

The arrest comes just two days before the seventh and last round of polling in the state Dec 24. Security in the region has been intensified. Thirteen assembly seats in and around Jammu city as well as eight seats in Srinagar go the polls on Christmas Eve.

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