The militant commander, police sources say, belongs to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit that was responsible for the Pathankot attack.
In a major success, Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested a Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) fidayeen from north Kashmir. But what has startled the police is an Aadhar card recovered from his possession.
Police sources say that the PoK militant commander Abdul Rehman was arrested on Friday evening from Baramulla after a specific input. Sources say the militant was arrested from Hajibal in the upper reaches of Baramulla town.
The militant commander, police sources say, belongs to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit that was responsible for the Pathankot attack. Police sources say Rehman is a resident of Muzaffarabad and had arrived in the Valley in February this year. He was a fidayeen and was part of a six-member Jaish group.
Police sources say they are trying to find the veracity of the card. “We are in process of finding out whether the card has been forged or that he has managed to get an Aadhar card,” said a senior police officer. “If the card turns out to be genuine, it is a serious issue for the security agencies.”
Police officials, however, are tightlipped on the arrest of the PoK militant. Rehman is the second Jaish militant arrested by police in north Kashmir since February.
In February, police arrested a Pakistani Jaish militant Mohammad Sidiq from Kanispora in Baramulla. The 18-year-old Sidiq, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, was part of Jaish’s fidayeen squad and had reportedly escaped after storming an army camp near Line of Control (LoC) at Tangdhar in frontier district of Kupwara.
Police had also recovered an Aadhar card from his possession. “These cards (Aadhar and Voter ID cards) given them (militants) local identity and help them to escape at the security checkpoints,” said the police officer. “In most of the cases, these cards are fake and forged. But if they are able to procure a genuine card, it would put a big question mark on the entire Aadhar system in valley”.