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Ex-JeM Militant Arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar After 20-year Hunt

Ahmad becomes the fourth absconding militant arrested by police in the district since September 15. (Image: News18)

Ahmad becomes the fourth absconding militant arrested by police in the district since September 15. (Image: News18)

Bashir Ahmad alias Jaffar Khan, a resident of Nowgam village, was wanted in a 2001 case.

A former Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant on the run for 20 years was arrested Sunday in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Bashir Ahmad alias Jaffar Khan, a resident of Nowgam village, was wanted in a 2001 abduction and murder case in the jurisdiction of police station Marwah, a police spokesman said.

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Ahmad becomes the fourth absconding militant arrested by police in the district since September 15. Before him, Nazir Ahmad, who was absconding for 12 years, was arrested on September 15.

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Two days later, police had arrested Abdul Gani alias Mavia who was on the run for 19 years. Dulla alias Jameel was arrested on September 25 after a long 20-year hunt.

The spokesman said police, acting on specific information, arrested Bashir Ahmad after raiding suspected locations in the Marwah area. A local court has sent him to judicial custody, he said.

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first published:September 26, 2021, 18:56 IST