HM's Longest Surviving Ultra Among 4 Killed Near Gool
25 February 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: In an important success, the Special Task Force (STF) and police today eliminated four hitmen of Hizbul Mujahideen's 'Chenab division' including a longest surviving militant, Amanullah Peer in an encounter at village Ind under Gool police station's jurisdiction. Of four slain militants, one was a foreign mercenary. IGP Jammu Zone, Pitambar Lal Gupta said the slain militants were involved in a series of militancy-related incidents across Gool, Gulabgarh and Sangaldan for last several years and their killings was the big blow to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. Among the slain ultras was Amanullah Peer, who was active in the militancy for last more than 13 years and was a longest surviving militant in Udhampur-Doda belt, he added. Amanullah Peer was heading 'Chenab division' of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and was instrumental in recruitment of the local youths in the militancy besides a number of killing in the areas including two massacres at Kunda and Sarwdhar and killings of three lecturers in Gool, Gupta said, adding the operation was executed in a highly professional manner by the police, which didn't suffer any casualties in the operation. When contacted, SP Ramban, Danish Rana said Gool police and STF carried out a search operation at village Ind in Gool area at 0630 hours today on the basis of a specific information about the presence of Hizbul Mujahideen's top brass in a hideout. A strong contingent of police was rushed to the spot, which cordoned off the suspected hideout of the militants and asked them to surrender. An encounter ensued which continued for next three and a half hours in which all four militants were eliminated by the police personnel, who were led by SHO Gool police station and Incharge STF Gool besides other local police officials. Slain militants have been identified as Amanullah Peer alias Sayed Iqbal Shah (code No. 38), a resident of Sumbar, Ramban, Mastgul and Nasir Malik, both residents of Maggi, Gool and Imran Khan of Pakistan. Amanullah Peer was a Pakistan-trained militant of 1990 and was operating in Gool belt since then. He was wanted to police in a series of subversive activities in the region. His associates were also top militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. Recoveries made from the scene of encounter three AK-47 rifles, one AK-56 rifle, four magazines, three rifle grenades, two hand grenades, seven diaries and one letter head of Hizbul outfit. People in Gool-Gulabgarh belt have heaved a sigh of relief with the killing of four top militants, police sources said. Meanwhile, security forces today smashed two hideouts of the militants in Surankote and Poonch. Recoveries made from the hideout included one AK rifle, seven AK magazines, 1006 AK rounds, 89 Pika ammunition, two Chinese pistols, four magazines and 11 rounds and one radio set. However, no arrests were made from the hideouts.