India arrests former armed group leader in Kashmir

Former chief and founder member of Hizbul Mujahideen was arrested in a raid near Sumbal area north of Srinagar.

India arrests former armed group leader in Kashmir

Indian police arrested a former leader and founder member of Kashmir's largest armed group on Wednesday in the disputed Himalayan region, police said.

Mohammad Ahsan Dar, former chief and founder member of Hizbul Mujahideen was arrested in a raid near Sumbal area north of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital.

Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest and most active armed group in Kashmir for almost two decades, wants Kashmir to become part of predominantly Muslim Pakistan. Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan both claim the region in full but rule it in part.

"He was trying to promote co-ordination between ... militant organisations in the state," Abdul Gani Mir, Deputy Inspector General of police told reporters.

Violence has fallen significantly across the region since India and Pakistan began slow-moving peace talks in 2004, but New Delhi paused that dialogue after the Mumbai attacks.

Reuters
Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2009, 16:59
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