July 2003 News

3 killed, explosives seized in Valley

3 July 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR: A security personnel and a militant were among three persons killed and three others injured in Kashmir, where security forces smashed three militant hide-outs and seized a big cache of arms and explosives since last night. A militant of Hizbul Mujahideen (Peer Panjal Regiment), identified as Zubair Ahmad alias Colonel Muzammil of Bhaderwah was killed in an encounter with security forces at Kadipora village of Pulwama district in south Kashmir last night, the spokesman said. He said a policeman Constable Neeraj Chadak, was also killed and two CRPF personnel including Assistant Commandant N A Saxena were injured in the encounter. A senior Police Officer, reportedly abducted by militants returned home safely after four days of captivity in north Kashmir today, official reports reaching here said. Deputy Superintendent of Police (CID) Mohammad Yousuf Parray, a resident of Asham, went missing while on duty in Sopore area of Baramulla district on June 30. He, however, returned home this afternoon informing police that he was abducted by unidentified militants in Sopore and was set free at Wanigam near Pattan today, the reports said adding the motive behind his abduction was not known immediately. The spokesman said militants abducted and later shot dead one Abdul Rahim Wagay in Achabal area of Anantnag district in south Kashmir, yesterday. BSF recovered 15 kg of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), besides other arms and ammunition meant for pro-Pakistan Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit for stepping up attacks in a pre-dawn raid on a hideout in the civil lines area of Srinagar. Acting on a tip-off, security personnel raided a hide out at Aloochibagh and recovered a consignment for JeM consisting of three prepared IEDs fitted in gas cylinders weighing five Kgs each, 25 hand grenades, two wireless sets. Six pencil bombs and three detonators, the spokesman said. The spokesman said the arms and ammunition were meant to step up violence in order to stall the ongoing peace process and hinder the normalisation process in the Valley. Two more militant hideouts were unearthed by security forces at Langate, Karnah in Kupwara district which led to the recovery of rocket projectile guns, four rockets, 17 grenades, three remote control devices and some ammunition, the spokesman said. (AGENCIES)


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