SRI NAGAR: Police in Jammu and Kashmir have arrested a Kashmiri doctor settled in the UK over militant links and for allegedly planning to carry out a “sensational act of terror” through IED blasts in Kashmir.
Police sources said Dr Mohammad Shaheen Baba was arrested by a police party on Sunday while he along with his relatives were on their way to Srinagar Airport from their residence at Chadoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. “Dr Shaheen was scheduled to fly from Srinagar Airport to New Delhi for his onward journey to the United Kingdom,” they said.
Sources said the police had intercepted Shaheen and whisked him along with his relatives to an unknown location for questioning. Dr Shaheen was working in the UK as a physiotherapist and had been residing in London since 2006. He is married to an American national of Pakistani origin. He had arrived in Valley some three months back and was saying with family since then.
A police spokesman while confirming his arrest, said Dr Shaeen had visited Pakistan, where he got in touch with Hizbul Mujahideen commanders. “On their directions, he established the sleeper cell of HM in the Valley”. “Police busted the sleeper cell functioning illegally under the command of Dr Shaheen alias Zaid-bin Tariq,” he said.
The spokesman said during preliminary investigation, it surfaced that they (sleeper cell) had planned to carry out sensational acts of terror by way of IED blasts.