Militant associate deported from Qatar, arrested: Police

Srinagar, Feb 05: The police said that they have arrested a militant associate at Delhi airport after he was deported from Qatar.    

“Kulgam police #arrested a wanted top OGW of JeM #terror outfit Munib Sofi of Bijbehara from Indira Gandhi International #Airport, #NewDelhi who deported today from Qatar. He was working for Pakistani #terrorist Waleed Bhai who was killed in an #encounter at #Kulgam last year,” the police wrote on twitter.

According to local news agency KNT, Sofi was in Qatar while police said that he was deported from the country and was wanted in a militancy related case in Southern district of Kulgam.

Sleuths of Kulgam police were waiting for the arrival of Qatar based airplane and once Sofi alighted from the plane, he was arrested.

A police official said that Sofi will be brought to Kulgam for investigation.

The official said that Sofi is involved in providing money to militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad that he used to get from some militant associates who used to collect money from different districts of Kashmir for banned militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhmamad.

The official said that the role of Jaish associate Muneeb Sofi surfaced during the investigation of militancy related case.

“An accused arrested in the said case disclosed that he along with other militant associates were collecting money for JeM from various districts in Kashmir and were handing over the collected amount to Muneeb Ahmad Sofi who was in Qatar and was in contact with Pakistan based active Jaish militant Waleed Bhai for purchase of arms and ammunition from Pakistan.”

He said a look out notice was published against Muneeb and a non-baiilable warrant u/s 25 Police Act was obtained from the concerned court.

“Consequent to deportation of the accused from Qatar to India, he was apprehended at IGI Airport and is being brought to Kulgam for further questioning and investigation,” the police official said. (KNT)

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