The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) have claimed to nab two possible Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist suspects after a late night search operation at Deoband in Saharanpur district in UP on February 21.
The UP Director General of Police (DGP) said, “Yesterday after inputs two suspected terrorists were caught from Saharanpur by our ATS wing. They are likened to JeM and both are from Kashmir. Shahnawaz Ahmad is from Kulgam and Aqib Ahmad Malik is a resident of Pulwama.”
The DGP added, “It is difficult to say whether the two men came before the Pulwama attack or after that and whether they were linked to it… we have evidence of Jaish connections that we can’t share right now.”
The top cop said, “Of the two Shahnawaz is said to be a grenade expert. We will seek transit remand and investigate when they came from Kashmir and who is funding them and what was their target. We are in touch with J & K police.”
The police have recovered a handgun, bullets. Video clips and messages from their mobile phones have been sent for forensic examination.