J&K youth return from Pak after LeT training

The LeT recruits are shipped back to Gulf countries from where they travel back to India and resume their normal work and wait for orders from across the border.

Updated: Oct 10, 2010, 16:20 PM IST

Srinagar: A new phenomenon called `legal infiltration` is causing concerns among security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir as reports emerge that youths are visiting
Pakistan on regular visas which are extended to facilitate their basic training in handling explosives and weapons.

The matter came to the fore when police apprehended one
person from Budgam who had ostensibly gone across the border
for meeting relatives and later extended it by another two
weeks during which he underwent the "daura-e-aam" (basic)
training being organised by Lashker-e-Toiba terror outfit.

During interrogation, the youth, whose identity has been
kept under wraps, told the investigators that there were other
youths who were using the same modus operandi to get the
training facility.

In the first week, a complete religious course is
imparted after which assembling of assault rifles and
detonating of grenades are taught.

A senior official said that Lashker adopted this method
and has been targeting educated unemployed youth in the
Kashmir Valley. "We have approached the immigration officials
to keep a close tab on youth who extended their visas in
Pakistan and the Gulf," the official said.

There have also been mushrooming of placement agencies
who offer to take youths to the Gulf for better prospects and
later they are taken to Pakistan on different passports where
they undergo training modules like "daura-e-aam" and
"daura-e-khas", in which the recruits are trained in making
improvised explosives devices and carrying out sabotage.

Then the recruits are shipped back to Gulf countries from
where they travel back to India and resume their normal work
and wait for orders from across the border. "They do not come
with any arms or explosives but the same are provided by the
terror outfit through cross-Line of Control (LoC) smuggling
and infiltration," the official said.

A huge dump of arms and ammunition was also recovered in
Budgam which was actually meant for such recruits. "After
committing heinous crimes, these youths generally mix with the
crowd," the official said.

During this year, already over a dozen cases have been
detected during which it has been found that Nasir Safi Mir,
an absconder and considered to be the financial brain behind
moderate Hurriyat Conference, had also been involved in
shipment of some youths, official sources said.

PTI