Man suspected of terror-related activities in Kashmir arrested by ATS

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Monday said it has arrested a terrorist who had close links with militant groups operating in Kashmir. Sheikh Ali Akbar, a resident of Ghazipur in Eastern Uttar Pradesh was arrested from Lohia Path here, IG ATS Aseem Arun said.

The senior police officer in a statement said four alleged militants arrested from Bandipora in Kashmir on Sunday had told the police that Akbar was associated with them and promised to sell them two pistols. The senior officer said in September 2017, Akbar got in touch with a few people in Kashmir and Pakistan through WhatsApp, following which he started dealing in arms with the four alleged militants arrested yesterday. Later, he sent emails to several people turning into an informant.

He had also been invited to Pakistan by terror group leaders for training but could not go there, Arun said, adding that there was enough evidence against Akbar. His mobile phone had several “terror videos” and he was an active member of nine groups on social media, the Inspector General said.

Akbar will be produced in court and taken into police custody, he said. Arun claimed Akbar had admitted to having taken Rs 40,000 for supplying arms to terrorists. His bank account transactions proved that he had taken the money, the IG said, adding his social media accounts were also being probed. (ANI)

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