May 2004 News

Two fidayeens escape after abducting boy

3 May 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: A massive operation by Army, police and CRPF continued throughout the day today in Ramkote forest area in search of two fidayeens, who had last night infiltrated from the International Border somewhere near Hiranagar sector and kidnapped a youth from his house at village Magloor near Dhanni Bakhta in Dayalachak area. Official reports said two militants, who were believed to be fidayeens and were wearing police uniforms, kidnapped a 16-year old boy Naveen Singh son of Parkash Singh, who was sleeping in the premises of his house, at village Magloor Raini near Dhanni Bakhta under the jurisdiction of Rajbagh police station at about 11 pm last night. The militants asked Naveen Singh to show them the route of Dinga Amb police post where they had reportedly planned to carry out a fidayeen attack. Acting wisely, the boy, however, misled the militants and took them to another route. After reaching hilly Khakhra village, Naveen Singh jumped down and fled away taking advantage of darkness. He reached his house at about 1.30 am in the morning and narrated the incident to the people, who were sitting in a Ramayan Path. The people trekked about two kms and rang up DIG Jammu range Farooq Ahmed, who immediately directed the local police to launch a search and cordon operation in the area. Police teams led by SP Kathua Raghubir Singh besides Army and police personnel reached the area. An operation was launched for the militants immediately in entire forest area of Ramkote. Searches were expanded to surrounding villages this morning but the militants remained untraced, the reports said, adding the searches continued till late tonight but without any success. Police have, meanwhile, stepped-up security arrangements around all police stations and police posts following reports that the fidayeens were planning to attack the police installations. In view of the militants’ presence, police also made tight security arrangements when Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley travelled from Billawar to Jammu using the same route of Ramkote forests after addressing an election rally. Similarly, security was beefed up for former Chief Minister and National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah’s election rally at Hiranagar. Official sources quoting the information made available by Naveen Singh said the militants appeared to be Pakistanis and had infiltrated from the International Border somewhere in Hiranagar sector to carry out a fidayeen attack on a police station or a police post. It may be recalled that during 2002 Assembly elections in September-October, the militants had sprayed bullets on a matador and a bus at Hiranagar on the day of polling in Kathua district killing about a dozen people and wounding scores of others. Our Jammu correspondent adds Army today arrested a civilian Abdul Razzaq son of Mohd Sharief Mirza after some arms, ammunition and incriminating material was recovered from his house at Sam Samad in Rajouri. Army also busted a hideout in Rajouri and recovered one pistol, two magazines, 16 pistol rounds, one binocular, one AK bayonet and 48 AK rounds. A five kg IED was recovered by the security forces in Doda. Meanwhile, Army arrested a Pakistan national Asif Khan son of Khanroz R-o Charsadha when he bicycled his way to Baqarpur in RS Pura sector from the International Border last evening. He has been handed over to local police for questioning.


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