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Afghan teen detained while ‘returning home’ from Delhi via Kashmir

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Afghan teen detained while ‘returning home’ from Delhi via Kashmir
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Afghan teen detained while ‘returning home’ from Delhi via Kashmir
Afghan teen detained while ‘returning home’ from Delhi via Kashmir

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Police detained a 17-year-old Afghan national at a Covid testing centre in Lakhanpur entry point in Kathua district on Tuesday. The youth claimed that he was returning to Afghanistan from Delhi via Kashmir, and had checked the route to his native place on the internet.
The teen was later taken to Lakhanpur police station for questioning. Lakhanpur shares a border with Punjab and is the gateway to J&K and the Covid testing centre here keeps a record of visitors entering the Union Territory (UT).
“During investigation, it was found that the youth was not carrying hard copies of his passport and visa but had digital copies of his travel documents on his phone. A preliminary probe revealed that he had come to India for the treatment of his brother, who is in the Afghan army and is currently being treated at Army’s RR Hospital in Delhi along with 10 other Afghan nationals, all of whom were injured while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan,” said a source, quoting the detenue.
“Why the youth left Delhi and who others are with his brother is a matter of investigation. We are verifying the matter with the Afghan embassy and details will be shared accordingly,” SSP Kathua RC Kotwal said. Another senior cop said: “We are trying to ascertain how and why he entered J&K.”
The detention comes weeks after the Taliban’s total takeover of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US troops from the strife-torn country. Security forces in J&K have since been on high alert to avert the infiltration of Taliban terrorists into the UT.
(with inputs from Saleem Pandit in Srinagar)

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