Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested one OGW (over-ground worker) Ishtiaq Ahmed Wani from Baramulla, who had been absconding and wanted for instigating youths of Pattan and Palhallan areas to join the Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit. Ishtiaq is the son of Farooq Ahmed Wani, and a resident of Goushbugh Pattan.
The police said that due to regular crackdowns by the police and other security agencies, most of the militants who were active in north Kashmir had been killed. This had prompted the Hizbul Mujahideen controllers from across the border and within Kashmir to try and accelerate the recruitment process in the Valley.
It is pertinent to mention here that recently, Baramulla Police rescued around 10 boys from being inducted as terrorists and were handed over to their parents. Out of these 10 boys, 4 were ‘motivated’ by the idea of joining the ranks of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.
Cases (FIR No 165 /2017) under Section 13 in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Section 506 RPC have been registered with the Pattan Police Station and investigation has begun.