PoK-based network of activists on police radar: The Tribune India
Jammu, October 9
The increase in terrorist incidents in the past has sometimes drawn the attention of police and military intelligence to Mohammad Amin Bhat, alias Khubaib, a terrorist, who operates from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Khubaib is from Doda district. He fled to the PoK over two decades ago.
According to the police, Khubaib, a member of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), is trying to revive terrorism in Jammu division. For this, many ex-terrorists, who have surrendered, are also enlisted to place IEDs and sticky bombs in different locations in the region.
Khubaib was behind the recent attack on two buses in which IEDs were placed inside two buses in Udhampur. The explosions injured two people.
Military intelligence sources claim that the ISI and terrorist organizations assisted Khubaib in planting IEDs along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border which are then picked up by Khubaib’s men on that side. These explosives are then used by sleeper cells in terrorist activities.
In the sticky bomb explosion in March in Udhampur near Slathia Chowk, one person was killed and many others were injured. A sleeper cell, Ramban resident Mohammad Ramzan Sohil was later arrested and confessed to his crime. He had informed that Khubaib was his master and they had been in contact through social media.
Interestingly, Khubaib not only ordered sleeper cells to place IEDs, but also provided financial assistance for the same. Khubaib was able to build a network in which he also provides money to sleeper cells for the task he gave him.
On June 6 this year, army men and cops apprehended a Kastigarh area terrorist in Doda who had stockpiled explosive material on Khubaib’s instructions.
According to information provided by intelligence sources, Khubaib, born on January 1, 1981, is a resident of Kathawa in Thatri of Doda district. He fled to PoK in 1997 to train and still operates from there. His father Dawood Bhat is a farmer and his brother Safdar Ali is a worker. Farooq Ahmad, another brother of Khubaib, was expelled from a government post for his involvement in terrorism. Khubaib also has four sisters.
“While security and intelligence agencies have no direct control over the activities of Khubaib living in PoK, his network is on the radar and his associates are apprehended one after another in different parts of Jammu region. “, said an intelligence official.
ADGP Mukesh Singh, in a recent press conference after the arrest of a terrorist in the Udhampur bus blast case, said that Khubaib was behind many terrorist incidents in Jammu Division.
Flee to PoK in 1997
- Mohammad Amin Bhat aka Khubaib, is from Kathawa in Doda District. He fled to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 1997 for training and still operates from there.
- He manages a terrorist network in the territory of the Union, provides explosives and financial assistance to sleeper cells to launch attacks against his leaderships.
- Khubaib’s name has featured in several attacks.