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4 Hizb OGWs held with Rs 10 lakh: Police

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Srinagar, Oct 09: Four overground workers (OGWs) of Hizbul Mujahideen were arrested Tuesday from Awantipora area of Pulwama district with Rs 10 lakh cash which was meant for carrying out militant activities, police said.

“Police received reliable information that an active militant of banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, Adil Ahmad Bhat, has handed over a huge amount to an OGW Rouf-ul-Islam Wani for distribution among other militants and OGWs for carrying out militant activities in the area,” a police spokesman said.

He said a case was registered in this regard and Wani was detained for questioning.

“During the course of investigation, Wani disclosed that he had received huge cash from Adil Ahmad Bhat for distribution among the other militants and OGWs of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit for raising the necessary support structure and also for luring youth towards joining militant ranks,” he said.

“The said accused disclosed that the cash amount was handed over to Mohammad Maqbool Wani, Shakeel Ahmad Wani and Musaib Aziz Gojree. All the OGWs were apprehended and subsequently Rs 10 lakh cash was recovered at four different places,” the spokesman said.

“The investigation conducted so far reveals that the amount so recovered was intended to be used for the purpose of terrorism. Further investigation is in progress,” he added.

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