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Zakir Musa spotted in Amritsar, claims Punjab police

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Police releases his wanted posters

Wanted posters of Zakir Musa pasted on walls in Punjab.

 Srinagar, Nov 16: Police in north Indian state of Punjab have reportedly released posters of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind commander Zakir Musa after he was allegedly spotted in Amritsar city of the state.

“Musa who was earlier affiliated with Hizb ul Mujahideen outfit was spotted in Amritsar along with a few other men after which Dinanagar police station released his posters,” Times Now and ANI quoted SSP Gurdaspur as having said.

The latest development comes after intelligence agencies informed the police about his movements near Amritsar.

Speaking on the issue, according to ANI, Gurdaspur SSP Swarandeep Singh said, “We had inputs about his (Musa’s) movements near Amritsar. So we have released wanted posters of him to make public aware and have requested them to tell us if they have any information.”

The Punjab Police are on their toes after the intelligence agencies had issued a letter stating that seven members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit were believed to be sighted in Ferozepur. Following the development, the state has been put on high alert.

“We had inputs that some JeM terrorists have infiltrated in Punjab through Ferozepur, so we have taken precautionary measures. Extra forces have been deployed along the border. Checking of vehicles is underway,” ANI quoted the SSP as saying.

Pertinently, Punjab police’s counter-intelligence wing had on Thursday sounded a high alert after inputs about the alleged presence of Jaish militants in the state.

“At least six to seven militants are reportedly in Punjab (possibly Ferozepur area) and planning to move towards Delhi from Punjab side,” the report quoted a letter issued by the Counter Intelligence.

The note advised the authorities to step up security, especially along the border and checking across the state.

On November 05, the Punjab Police had arrested two Kashmiri students — Shahid Qayoom and Fazil Bashir, who were students of ST Soldier College of Engineering and Technology in Jalandhar — in connection with Maqsudan Police Station hand-grenade blasts case of September 14. Punjab Police had alleged they were associated with Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind headed by Musa, also known as Zakir Rashid Bhatt.

Punjab Police alleges Musa had masterminded and guided the grenade attack. (With ANI inputs)

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