"Two individuals Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar in UP, and Muneeb Shah of Kulgam, a part of an LeT module have been arrested", he said.
"Sharma was apprehended by us from the house where Bashir Lashkari had taken shelter". "He was also involved in bank robbery cases".
"Investigation so far conducted has revealed that the LeT in league with a criminal network is raising money by looting banks, especially ATMs, in the South Kashmir Range, besides using these networks to further terrorist activities", said Muneer Khan. Senior superintendent of police Anant Dev Tiwari, however, clarified, "We have not detained them, but only called them to know more details about Sandeep."The suspected terrorist's brother, Praveen, said, "Sandeep studied till class VIII but then dropped out".
The police official further said that Sandeep had come to the valley in 2012 and worked as a welder here in the summers.
This is for the first time in recent memory that a non-local has been arrested by police for links with militant groups, although non-locals have been previously arrested for indulging in stone pelting.
He added that Sandeep alias Adil, was living in Jammu and Kashmir with two identities.
Police said Sharma had earlier been arrested at PP Mir Bazar in a robbery case in March 2017. It may be recalled that Lashkari, who carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was killed in a gunfight with security forces along with his Pakistani associate Abu Maaz in Brenthi village in Anantnag district. During the encounter, he was rescued alongwith other members of the family by the Police.
While leaving Wanpoh with the help of his associates, Sharma met hardcore LeT militant Shakoor Ahmad Dar of Sonput.
The police said that the man was helping the Terrorist outfit loot ATMs in the state.
"Investigation is in progress and the subject has been arrested". The duo was working under a Lashkar commander and their role was suspected in six terror strikes executed this year, said Jammu and Kashmir police.