May 2002 News

Two Fidayeens Killed After 16 Hour Battle In DPL Doda

30 May 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: The 16-hour battle between two fidayeens and security forces inside the District Police Lines (DPL) Doda ended at 1415 hours today with the killing of both the fidayeens. Death toll on police side, which was two till last mid-night, today rose to three with the killing of another jawan. Three other cops were injured. A police spokesman said that the ‘fidayeen’ entered the building in army uniforms. The fidayeens, he said, were intercepted by Sentry on duty, who asked them to show their identity cards. However, the Sentry was shot dead by the terrorists. Enroute, two more cops were killed by the terrorists when they tried to stop them. Later, the fidayeens took position in Canteen block of the DPL, which was adjacent to a dispensary and family quarters of the policemen, the spokesman said, adding one of them blew himself up while another was shot dead by a cop. The cop has been awarded with Rs one lakh cash reward by the DGP for killing the terrorist. The canteen caught fire in the exchange of firing and was damaged, the spokesman said. Minister of State for Home Khalid Najib Suhrawardhy, DGP A K Suri and IGP Jammu P L Gupta visited the DPL Doda to review the situation. They inter-acted with army and police officers. Meanwhile, giving details of the high-pitched battle, police sources said as the two fidayeens took positions in Canteen block where the cops had kept some of their arms and ammunition including one MMG late last night, the jawans of 10 Rashtriya Rifles and STF Doda laid a cordon of the area. The police personnel including their families were evacuated from their quarters and taken to roof of the three-storey building of the DPL. Subsequently, they were evicted from the building. The fidayeens, who were firing only on the targets, also took in their possession the weaponry of police including one MMG, which had been kept in a store near the Canteen block. ''As the fidayeens were in possession of a MMG, army and police personnel had no option but to engage the terrorists in firing and exhaust their ammunition'', the sources said, adding the exchange of firing continued throughout the last night. The terrorists continued heavy firing on different locations of the DPL with one MMG after they had exhausted five magazines each which they had in their AK-56 rifles. At 1415 hours, the troops of 10 RR and STF finally gunned down one of the fidayeens while the other, finding himself trapped, blew himself up. The block, where they had taken positions after storming into the DPL, was extensively damaged. One of the fidayeens was identified as Abu Shoaib. Sources said both of them were Pakistanis and affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit. From their possession, police recovered two AK-56 rifles in slightly damaged condition and some ammunition. The terrorists had lobbed atleast six hand grenades in the DPL building causing extensive damage. The weaponry of police including one MMG, which the fidayeens had taken over, was also recovered from the spot. Three police personnel, killed in the attack, have been identified as Fateh Mohd, head constable, a resident of Dareja, Bhaderwah, Kuldip Singh, selection grade constable and a resident of Nagrota and Uttam Singh, SPO, hailing from Gandoh, Doda. Three injured have been identified as Benani Sharma, selection grade constable, Amar Singh, constable and Pardeep Kumar, SPO. They have been admitted in district hospital of Doda. This was second fidayeen attack on the DPL Doda. In the first attack on October 1 night last year, a police Inspector and three cops were killed and 15 others were injured while the fidayeens had managed to escape. Entire operation in the DPL was complete by 1415 hours after which senior officers of army, police and other security agencies held a meeting to beef up security arrangements in the Police Lines.


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