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Kashmiri Militant Among Three Arrested In UP

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has apprehended two Pakistani nationals and their accomplice who unlawfully entered India via the Nepal border, using counterfeit Indian documents. Among the detainees are Mohammed Altaf Bhat and Sayyed Gajanfar, both Pakistani nationals, along with Nasir Ali from Srinagar.

According to ATS officials, Mohammed Altaf Bhat had received training from Hizbul Mujahideen with support from ISI, and along with Sayyed Gajanfar and Nasir, they were plotting militant activities within India.

Inspector General Nilabja Chaudhary of the ATS stated that intelligence indicated a pattern of Pakistanis infiltrating into India via the Nepal border, facilitated by the ISI. The agency also received information about their intention to carry out terrorist attacks in India, having been trained at Hizbul Mujahideen camps supported by ISI. Responding to this intelligence, the ATS initiated operations, combining electronic and physical surveillance in Gorakhpur.

The operation culminated in the interception of the two Pakistani nationals and their associate at Farenda village in Sonauli, near the Indo-Nepal border. All three individuals had undergone training at Hizbul Mujahideen’s facilities. The apprehension underscores the ongoing security challenges posed by cross-border infiltration and the collaboration between militant groups and external intelligence agencies.

Authorities are likely to intensify efforts to bolster border security and counter-terrorism measures in light of these developments. The incident highlights the need for vigilant monitoring of border areas and the coordination of intelligence-sharing among security agencies to thwart potential terrorist activities.

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