SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday claimed to have busted fake Lashkar e Toiba module at Warpora village in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

A police spokesman in a statement said that a complaint received from one person (name withheld) stating therein that he has received a letter on the letter pad of Lashkar- e- Toiba wherein he has been directed to pay an amount of Rs 5Ok for the banned outfit, as the organisation is in dire need of funds for carrying out various activities of the organization.

“Upon receipt of the complaint, FIR No.11/2021 U/S 13 ULPA 452, 393, 120-B, 511 IPC was registered at Police Station Sopore and investigation was taken up,” said the spokesman.

“During the course of the investigation which involved the utilization of human resources and technical means to trace the culprits, it came to fore that three persons namely Ishfaq Ahmad Reshi son of  Ali Mohammad Reshi (Maruti Eco driver by profession), Mumtaz Ahmad War Mohammad Maqbool War (Imaam by profession) and Abdul Qayoom Ganie son of Mohammad Sultan Ganie (Mason by profession), all residents of Warpora mastered a plan to collect money from the complainant,” he said.

“Sopore police arrested the accused and upon interrogation, they revealed that how they were blackmailing the innocent general public and prominent businessmen of the area,” he added.

“Accused confessed that they used to identify the target first and then subsequently devise a plan to blackmail and loot the money by sending a letter on the letter pad of Lashkar e-Toiba through kids, a letter pad and one stamp has been recovered from their possessions,” said a police spokesman.

“There area of operation was not confined to Warpora only but they have extorted money from main town Sopore,” he said.

“As of now police have identified 8 persons who have been looted by them and some posters demanding money have been recovered from them,” he added.

“It is pertinent to mention here that Sopore police have busted a same type of Gang in the Year 2019 and all the four accused involved in the commission of the crime were booked under PSA who were using fake AK – 47 for extortion,” said the spokesman.

“Meanwhile, investigation of the case is on and some more arrests are expected in the case. Sopore police also requests the general public to come forward and report any such sort of crime to police immediately so that innocent public can be saved from them,” said a police spokesman in a statement.


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