November 2001 News

Al-Badr wiped out: DGP

21 November 2001
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: With the killing of six top militants including its chief Dr Nayeem and the arrest of 13 others of the pro- Pakistan Al-Badr, police today claimed to have wiped out the outfit They also said they had arrested a militant allegedly involved in the blast outside the State Assembly on October 1 . Stating this here today, the Director-General of Police, Mr. Ashok K. Suri, said the breakthrough came when, on the basis of specific information, an ambush was laid near Kotipur village in Budgam district on November 18 and two top militants of Al-Badr were killed. They were identified as Suhail of Karachi and the outfit''s Anantnag chief, Manzoor Ahmed. On November 19, a team of SOG apprehended the Al-Badr district commander, Ghulam Mustafa Bhat. While leading the party to a hideout, Bhat picked up a loaded pistol and fired resulting in injuries to a head constable and a CRPF personnel. He was killed in the retaliatory action. The biggest breakthrough, the DGP said, came on Tuesday. In an operation launched in Zakoora area here by a joint party of SOG, CRPF and BSF, the ''self-styled chief'' of Al-Badr, Hafiz alias Dr. Nayeem of Peshawar, and Syed Talha Ahmed of Aurangi Karachi, were killed. Dr. Nayeem had been active in the Valley for several years and last year, he was appointed Al-Badr chief. The successes had given a severe blow to Al-Badr which had been attempting to increase its activities in Srinagar, Mr. Suri said adding that the militants had also been planning reconnaissance of Jammu city to target VIPs. Clue to Assembly blast Mr. Suri also said that with the arrest of Firdous Ahmed Shah, a militant of Jaish-e-Mohammad, by a special team of SOG and district police, the Assembly blast case of October 1 has been solved. Shah was closely associated with the Jaish militant Wajahat Hussain who blew himself outside the Assembly. Replying to questions, the DGP said security forces had killed 1,750 militants this year and their morale continued to be high. With the ouster of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the militants in Kashmir had received a psychological blow. On the Hizb-ul- Mujahideen''s intention to join politics, he said, ''it is a welcome step''.


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