The Mumbai Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested an active member of the banned terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, along with another person. Farukh Ahmed Gulam Hasan Naiku (37), who hails from Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), was living in Navi Mumbai as a dry fruit trader since the past year-and-a-half, Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said at a press conference here.

Farukh Naiku and Mohammad Lutpur Rehman Talukdar (32), manager of the Relax guesthouse in Bhendi bazaar, were arrested by the Mumbai Police on January 16 from the guesthouse on suspicion of carrying narcotic substances.

“Naiku has participated in many antinational activities like providing information about our Army, vital installations. He has been involved in trading fake Indian currency notes, drugs across the border. He has also been involved in hawala transactions. He operated mainly in Jammu and Kashmir. He has tried to infiltrate the Army too,” Mr. Roy said. He said Naiku had been illegally crossing the border since 2001 and received surveillance training in Pakistan, after which he allegedly sent information about vital installations in Jammu and Kashmir. “He has sent information about the political developments in J&K, protests, alleged atrocities against Muslims, photographs of terrorists killed by the Indian Army, movements and formations of the Indian Army, photographs of [the] Uri dam, [the] Uri Power project, missile project,” a police official said.