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January 24, 2009

Sikh youth with Lashkar links caught in Kashmir

For the first time in Kashmir valley, a Sikh youth was arrested for alleged links with the dreaded Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). The Special Operations Group (SOG) is interrogating him.

The man, Popinder Singh, 30, was caught from his home in Chaugal Handwara village in Jammu & Kashmir' Kupwara district. Offiicals said that he has been an active member of the Lashkar and has supplied arms and ammunitions to the terrorist group.

His residence was used for storing arms. The J&K police's SOG officials arrsted Singh. Though he is employed with a Primary Health Centre as a technician, Singh has been associated with Lashkar's commander Furqan, said the investigators.

He allegedly supplied arms and funds to the Lashkar's operatives and facilitated them in their operatins, said police. The police claimed that they recovered hand grenades and a pistol from him.

Earlier, there have been a few incidents of Hindu militants arrested for links with terror groups but this is the first incident of a Sikh arrested in Kashmir on such charges.

TIH Bureau

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