A madrasa teacher has been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district for allegedly passing information related to security facilities to Pakistan-based terrorists, officials said on Saturday.
Qari Abdul Wahid (25), who also served as a maulvi (prayer leader), was convicted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Code of Criminal Procedure, they said.
Originally from the Dool region, Wahid was staying at the madrasa in the village of Dadpeth with his wife and seven-month-old son.
Calling his arrest a “major breakthrough”, officials said that initially military intelligence gathered information about the presence of a suspect who was passing information across the border.
Wahid came on the radar of different security agencies who worked together to identify and arrest the accused. He was called in for questioning last week, they said.
Under joint questioning by police, military intelligence and the State Investigation Agency (SIA), Wahid admitted to having worked for the lesser known terrorist group Kashmir Janbaz Force (KJF) since December 2020 and to having forwarded videos and photos of security installations, officials said. .
Wahid was “prone to terrorism” and came into contact with the so-called KJF commander, Tayyab Farooqi, alias Umar Khatab, on social media. He became an active member of the group online, in addition to offering to be an active terrorist, they said.
He was in regular contact with unidentified people, possibly Pakistani intelligence agents who offered him money and new phones to motivate local youths to join terrorism, officials said.
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