December 2001 News

500 LeT, JeM ultras active in Valley

25 December 2001
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Gazi Baba, the most wanted accused in the December 13 terror attack on Parliament, and his close confidant Tariq are still at large, Inspector General of Police K Rajinder Kumar said here today. Police have fanned out ''all sources'' to locate Gazi Baba, a Pakistani national, Mr Kumar told UNI. Security forces and intelligence agencies have also mobilised their resources to arrest Gazi Baba and Tariq, who arranged meeting between Baba, Afzal and the terrorists who attacked Parliament. ''Militants operating in the Valley are given a particular category the most wanted are in A category. The anti- insurgency machinery of the forces are always in their search.'' He said Baba and Tariq were listed militants and the police had been after them for quite some time. But the December 13 had intensified efforts. The IGP said: ''We have been raiding suspected hideouts of Baba and Tariq but sofar no success has been achieved, but that they would be in the net soon.'' It was Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel who arrested Afzal and two others following a tip off that they transported arms and ammunition and militants to Delhi from here in fruit trucks. Afzal told State police that one of the five terrorists killed in the retaliatory action by security forces during the attack was Mohammad alias Baba who was among the four hijackers on Indian Airlines plane from Kathmandu to Kandahar in 1999. Baba has also told Afzal that he killed Rupan Katyal, one of the passengers in the flight, when he tried to show some resistance. Mr Kumar said 450 to 500 militants belonging to Pakistan based Lashker-e-Toiba and Jaish-e- Mohammad were active in the Kashmir Valley alone. He said 40 to 60 of them will be in the capital city of Srinagar and its outskirts. ''Those in Srinagar are just using the hideouts,'' he said. Others across the valley were attacking security forces and indulging in other killings. He said most of the militants belonging to these organsations were foreigners.


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