May 2001 News

NC leader, 15 ultras killed in J&K

17 May 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: In escalated violence, 15 militants and a National Conference leader were among 21 people killed in Jammu and Kashmir where militants set ablaze six houses and a rice mill since Wednesday night. Ten ultras, five of them believed to be involved in the killing of seven herdsmen in Kishtwar recently, were killed in two gunbattles with security forces in Jammu region Thursday, an official spokesman said. A possible tragedy was averted when police detected and defused a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) near a telephone exchange at Pattan on the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway. The spokesman said five ultras were killed in an hour-long encounter with security forces in Surankote area of Poonch district, adding the slain militants were believed to Pakistanis belonging to Lashker-e-Taiba. In another gunbattle in Jammu region's Doda district, five militants, believed to be involved in the killing of seven herdsmen in Kishtwar, were killed. The spokesman said a large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from the slain ultras. In two other encounters with security forces in Jammu region, an Afghan militant, Abdul Shakoor of Jaish-e-Mohammad, and another ultra Tahir Inqalabi of Pakistan were killed in Udhampur and Rajouri districts. The body of a National Conference block president, Mohammad Sultan Lone, was picked up by police at Check-Akhal on the outskirts of Srinagar. Lone was abducted and later killed by militants. Two employees of the irrigation department were killed and another was wounded when an IED planted by militants at Badampora in Baramulla went off Thursday. A militant, Rayees Alam of Pakistan, was killed when security forces fired back after being attacked by ultras at Chakpora on the outskirts of Srinagar. Police recovered an AK 47 rifle and a wireless set from the possession of the militant who was very active in Anantnag for the last four years masterminding militant activities in the district, the spokesman said. Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, Shabir Ahmad Khan and Mohammad Syed Malik, were killed in an encounter with security forces at Dangam in Pulwama district. However, local residents alleged the two were killed by security forces in a "fake encounter". A complete shutdown was observed in the area in protest against the killing. (PTI)   


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