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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday said that it arrested four students linked to militant outfits like Jaish-e-Muhammad and Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind from Jalandhar in Punjab. A police spokesperson said that “in a joint operation Punjab Police and J&K police picked up four students linked to AGH/JeM from Jalandhar, Punjab.” He said that arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered from their possession. He said that the module handler picked up by Jammu and Kashmir Police is being questioned.

A Punjab police statement said that the students were nabbed from the hostel of CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology, located in Shahpur on the outskirts of Jalandhar, DGP Suresh Arora said in a statement issued here. The joint team, which conducted a raid at the hostel early this morning, also recovered two weapons, including an Assault Rifle, as well as explosives from the hostel room of B. Tech (Civil) Student of second semester, Zahid Gulzar s/o Gulzar Ahmad Rather r/o Rajpora, PS Awantipora, Srinagar (J&K). Zahid was detained along with Mohd. Idriss Shah @ Nadeem r/o Pulwama J&K, and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt, r/o Noorpura, Pulwama J&K.

The statement said the arrests followed the development and corroboration of various leads/inputs about the presence and activities of certain militant organizations/individuals operating in J&K and Punjab. A case (FIR no. 166 dated 10.10.18, u/s 121, 121-A, 120-B IPC and 25/54/59 Arms Act, 3/4/5 Explosive Act, 10/13/17/18/ 18-B/20/38/39/40 Unlawful Prevention Act) has been registered in PS Sadar Jalandhar in this regard. Further investigations are in progress and the Punjab Police is working closely with J&K Police to unravel the entire conspiracy and network built by these outfits/individuals in Punjab and J&K, said the DGP.