LeT operative Sandeep Sharma may have converted; cops detain family members

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Jammu and Kashmir police bust LeT module, arrest UP resident

Meerut: Praveen Sharma, a resident of Ankit Vihar area of Muzaffarnagar, is at a loss for words ever since he got to know of his brother Sandeep Sharma's arrest by J&K police for being a "hardened terrorist".

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday claimed to have busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba module, apprehending an alleged terrorist Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil from the Valley. Khan further added Sharma helped the terrorist Bashir Lashkari in taking shelter.

The arrested OGW, along with his associates, was also involved in number of ATM loots. Munir Khan while addressing the media after apprehending Sandeep Sharma also said, "that Lashkar was running criminal gangs involved in bank robberies and other criminal acts and has become hub for anti-social elements".

The arrest of Sandeep, who was used frequently by the Lashkar-e-Taiba and made full use of the fact that he was a non-local, points to the blurring lines between criminality and terrorism, he said.

Bashir and Abu Maaz, a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant from Pakistan, were killed in the July 1 encounter.

The arrested individual, a Hindu, was part of the group that killed an SHO and five other police personnel in south Kashmir's Anantnag district and mutilated their faces. "He was in the valley since 2012", Khan said.

The arrested terrorists were involved in a series of terror activities including looting of banks and ATMs in the Kashmir valley, said the IGP.

People called him Adil, but his name was Sandeep Kumar Sharma. "In these crimes, they worked in conjunction with the Lashkar".

He said the LeT militant was also involved in the attack on an Army convoy at Lower Munda in Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in which one jawan was killed on June 3, 2017.

Police said Kumar used his old acquaintances and came in touch with a family at Brinty Dialgam.

"This module is a part of the LeT group. During the encounter, he was rescued along with other members of the family by the Police", Khan said.

Shedding light on the militant links of Sandeep, the IGP said he and other persons were providing shelter, ferrying militants for carrying out militant strikes and actively participating in militant activities.

The police said that the man was helping the Terrorist outfit loot ATMs in the state.

Police said that investigation is going on to ascertain the roles of his associates.

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