Amritsar, November 16: After intelligence agencies issued a high alert in Punjab, the state police has now released posters of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander and founder and chief of Al-Qaeda cell Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind Zakir Moosa to gather information about his whereabouts. The posters were released after the police received inputs about his movement near Amritsar. While talking to media yesterday, Gurdaspur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Swarandeep Singh said, “We had inputs that some Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists have infiltrated in Punjab through Ferozepur. So have taken precautionary measures. Extra forces have been deployed. Checking is underway.”
On Thursday, intelligence agencies issued an alert that six to seven JeM entered Punjab’s Ferozepur district and are planning to move towards Delhi. The alert was issued a day after four suspected terrorists hijacked a car in Pathankot’s Madhopur area on Tuesday from a man who reportedly hails from Jammu and Kashmir. As per reports, the alleged hijackers were travelling from Jammu to Pathankot. A search operation was launched to trace the suspicious men. "A taxi driver picked four people from Jammu station and was travelling to Pathankot. But in Madhopur, those four people threw the driver out and absconded with his vehicle," a Punjab police officer told news agency ANI.
Last month, reports surfaced that the JeM was planning to conduct a series of attacks in India. According to a report published in India Today, two programmes were organised by the terror organisation in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) on October 19 and 20 in which around 100 suicide attackers took an oath to wage war against India.
Last month, four students including three Kashmiri were arrested with explosive weapons from Jalandhar. Meanwhile, a fifth person was arrested from Chandigarh. In the late night raids conducted by the Punjab police, five AK -47s were recovered from the hostel of the CT Institute. The arrested students work for the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) and Jaish- e- Mohammed terror groups.