Two Kashmiri man suspected of having connections with Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) have been detained from Uttar Pradesh today, reports state police, amid increasing nationwide security following the last week’s Pulwama terror strike.

One of the arrested suspects names is Shahnawaz Ahmad, who is a resident of Kulgam district of Kashmir, used to recruits members for JeM, said UP Police Chief OP Singh at a news conference. Mr. Ahmad is also believed to be a grenade expert, added Mr. Singh. The other suspect is Aqib Ahmad Malik, who is a resident of J & K’s Pulwama district.  

On Thursday, the two suspects were detained by anti-terror squad of Uttar Pradesh Police from Deoband, a place popular for a number of Islamic education institutions and seminaries. UP Police has recovered a handgun and bullets from the arrested suspects.  

Mr. Singh continued that “it is difficult to say whether the two men came before the Pulwama attack or after that and whether they were linked to it… we have evidence of Jaish connections that we can’t share right now.”

Nearly 40 CRPF jawans have lost their lives in a suicide attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. JeM had claimed responsibility for the deadly terror attack.

The recent terror attack has triggered a strong reply in India that made efforts to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and in terms of trade. Security operations also have step-up and over the weekend the jawans said that it has managed to wipe out the top leaders of JeM in Kashmir, including the main terrorist, who is the organizer of the recent deadly terror attack.

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