Mastermind behind Kashmir Priestsí killings shot dead
4 September 2001
The Indian Express
Rajouri: In a clean operation, Romeo Force on Tuesday eliminated nine foreign mercenaries, including a divisional commander of Harkat-ul- Muhjahideen. He is believed to be behind the killing of two priests in Dhundhuk area few days back. According to sources, the troops on specific information, launched an operation in Suranthal and Saroti Mendhar area. Operation in Suranthal was launched at 6 am on Tuesday morning while in Saroti encounter started at 11.30 am. On seeing the troops coming the militants hiding behind the woods in Suranthal forest area opened fire. Troops immediately took position and retaliated. In an ensuing encounter five HuM militants, including a divisional commander of HuM were killed. The slain commander was later identified by villagers as one of prime-accused behind the killing of priests in Dhundhuk area, few days back. In Saroti encounter, four militants were killed. However, their identity is yet to be ascertained.