Two Hizb Militants On Delhi Mission Held By Police
4 April 2003
The Asian Age
New Delhi: The Delhi police on Thursday evening arrested a terrorist of the Hizb- ul Mujahideen outfit along with one of his associates from the Patparganj area in East Delhi. The police also recovered some arms and ammunition, including a Chinese-made pistol, two magazines loaded with eight cartridges each, an English .455-bore revolver and five cartridges, from them. The two, Feroz Ahmed Sheikh (34) and Mehboob Jaan (30), were planing to target police personnel in the city. The duo was nabbed in a joint operation by the special cell, traffic police and the West district police. The two were produced in a district court on Friday and remanded to police custody till April 7. Residents of Srinagar, the two specialised in killing of police personnel, political leaders and informers of the police and security forces. They are allegedly involved in seven such killings and two attempted murders, including that of Kashmiri journalist Zaffar Iqbal Sheikh in Srinagar. 'Sheikh works for Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation. He is a sharp-shooter and a close associate of the outfit's Srinagar area commander Mohammed Ibrahim Dar. Mehboob Jaan worked as an autorickshaw driver in Srinagar,' joint commissioner of the special cell, Mr Neeraj Kumar, said. Sheikh and Jaan were in Delhi on the instructions of Dar to survey some busy markets for carrying out killings of policemen on duty, Mr Kumar added. According to the police, some Hizb-ul Mujahideen terrorists arrested in Srinagar on Thursday revealed that two of their associates were in New Delhi and would be going to the area near Mother Dairy in Patparganj in the evening. The Jammu and Kashmir immediately informed the Delhi police. The police laid a trap in the area. Around 7 pm, two persons matching the description of the duo arrived. The police kept a watch. Seeing them leave the place, the police stepped in and nabbed them. Preliminary investigations revealed that the duo had killed two leaders of the National Conference, two personnel of the J&K police, a BSF constable and a police informer. They had also killed a liquor merchant in Srinagar.