Kashmir Police chief Munir Khan said that the police would reach to a conclusion only after interrogating the lady and verifying all the facts.
Days after an intelligence input suggested that a non-Kashmiri woman suicide bomber might disrupt the Republic Day celebrations in the valley, the police on Friday detained a Pune-based woman terror suspect.
However, Kashmir Additional Director General of Police Munir Khan said that the police would reach to a conclusion only after interrogating the lady and verifying all the facts.
“We had an input about a suspect. Fortunately, after working on all the leads, we were able to apprehend the suspect late last night,” said Khan.
“We will be talking to her (suspect) and we will be talking to our sister agencies. We will be covering every other lead to know what the facts are. After doing proper investigation, we will come to any conclusion,” he added.
Day back, the central intelligence agency alerted the Kashmir police stating that a woman terror suspect from Pune – identified as Sadiya Anwar Shaikh – had moved to Kashmir and was in regular contact with ISIS operatives in the valley.
A message circulated from the office of Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) to the police and security wing in Kashmir suggested that “there is a strong input” that the 18-year-old suspect might “cause a suicide bomb explosion” at the Republic Day parade in Kashmir.
“All are directed to please ensure that frisking of ladies at the (venues) is done meticulously and with utmost caution so as to thwart the designs of anti-national elements,” read the message circulated on January 3.
Sadiya Anwar Shaikh – a Class XI student from a Pune college – was earlier questioned by the Anti-Terrorism Squad in 2015, after there were inputs suggesting that she came in contact with ISIS supporters abroad. And with the ATS claiming that Shaikh was planning to travel to Syria, she was then sent for a de-radicalisation program by security forces.
However, the Republic Day celebrations in the Kashmir valley have reportedly passed off peacefully amid tight security. A senior official of the Kashmir police confirmed, “The Republic Day functions at all district headquarters passed off peacefully.”