LUCKNOW: Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, who was arrested on Monday by the Jammu and Kashmir police for his alleged involvement with terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, had been missing from his hometown in Muzaffarnagar district of UP since five years.
The LeT operative from Nai Mandi locality here had snapped contacts with the family, and was working with a construction contractor in Jammu earning Rs 12,000 per month, claimed his elder brother Pravin Sharma.
"He had snapped all ties whatsoever," said his brother Pravin adding that if Sandeep was found involved in any anti-social activity, he should be adequately punished. "He should be shot. We don’t have any objection. We are the law abiding citizens of this country and have no ties with anti- national elements," emphasised Pravin, adding that Sandeep had not involved in criminal activities prior to his disappearance.
Sharma is believed to have had reached the valley way back in 2012 through a labour contractor in Delhi, where he was working previously. He was allegedly involved in a number of ATM thefts in valley to support the module.
"He is infamous for having expertise in ATM loot,” said IG ATS Asim Arun, adding that Sharma might have had a role in a number of terror incidents, including the lynching of police officer Firoz in Kashmir this year.
He also had allegedly carried out three terror strikes in June this year in South Kashmir including the June 16 incident in which six policemen were killed.
While team of UP ATS has left for J&K to interrogate Sharma, another team of ATS sleuths has laid camp in Muzaffarnagar to probe into his local connections and suspected cells if any. The cops have detained Sharma’s sister-in-law (elder brother’s wife) and some friends in Muzaffarnagar for quizzing.
Responding to the reports of Sharma’s conversion, Pravin said that he allegedly converted to Islam some two and a half years ago but the police authorities said it would be established only after interrogation of the suspected terrorist.
IG ATS, however, chose to be non-committal over the issue of conversion saying that Sandeep Sharma is the glaring example of the fact that terror and crime were much beyond any religion or community.