Kashmiri girls admit to helping Lashkar
4 December 2001
The Times of India
M SALEEM PANDIT
SRINAGAR: Two Bandipura girls arrested last week confessed their connection with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and said they were providing information to four Pakistani nationals about security forces.Rifat, a student of Class 11, said she came into contact with four LeT militants in the home of her friend Tahira — also in custody — at Khiyar in Bandipura. Rifat said all the militants were Pakistan nationals Owais, Zareer, Shamer and Samaq. Though Rifat denied having received any money from the militants, she said ‘‘The militants threatened me with death in case I refuse to take one wireless set to my home.’’Tahira, a school dropout, said she’d been working for the militants for the last three months. She said her father, a mason by profession, was also working for the militants.When asked what sort of information her father was passing on, Tahira said he was spying on the activities of the security forces in town. Tahira admitted the Laskhar militants stayed with her family for four days in the past three months. The two denied any harassment by the police during the arrest.‘‘The Bandipura police immediately handed over us to the women’s cell of the police here,’’ said the girls.According to Inspector General of Police K Rajindra the two may also be booked under the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (Poto).The police also recovered two live hand grenades and two wireless sets at the instance of the two and later filed a First Information Report under the Unlawful Activities Act, Indian Telegraph and Wireless Act and the Indian Arms Act. In Srinagar, meanwhile, the BSF arrested the district commander of the Dukhtaran-e-Milat outfit, the lone militant woman’s outfit operating in the Valley. The woman acted as a conduit of the Hizbul Mujahideen, according to the Deputy Inspector General of Border Security Force, R S Bhullar.He said the woman, also known as Mugli, operated under the code name Saddam. She was working in close association with Shamma Gujjar, former district commander of the Hizbul in Budgam, and she is said to be involved in the killing of many policemen and some police informers in the area. In May, Mugli had even organised the killing of a police official.