July 2004 News

8 militants call it a day

13 July 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: Fed up with the constant domination, dictates and brutalities on the local people by foreign mercenaries on the name of so called jehad, a group of eight militants, including a district commander of Tehrik- ul-Mujahideen (TuM) for Chenab Division of Doda, surrendered before 11 Rashtriya Rifles Sector Commander Brig I Arumy Raj and Deputy Inspector General of Police Doda-Udhampur Range Satvir Gupta at Chanderkot here today. The surrendering ceremony followed by the reunion of the ultras with their families witnessed a touching scene. Their parents and brothers were so emotional that they embraced their dear ones with the hope that they will never go back to the world of bloodshed, destruction and plunder. The aged mothers of a few of them appeared to be over joyed, having glimpse of their sons after a long time. They seemed to be very anxious to meet their sons when they were brought before the army and police officers alongwith their weapons for surrender ceremony. The entire group of militants operating in this area for the last four to eight years, surrendered alongwith arms and ammunition in presence of their family members, well wishers and several senior police and civil officers including Additional DC Ramban and SP Ramban Garib Dass. DIG BSF (Ops), Rajinder Mani was also present. Out of the total eight, two are from Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. They are Noor Din from Chatroo and Khuda Baksh alias Haldar from Mohu-Mangat area of Banihal. Haldar, initially worked as over ground worker with HM in Banihal area. He then went to Bakhrial in PoK in 1999 and was trained there for three years. He returned to J&K in 2002 with a pistol, a radio set and two grenades. Leader of the group, Mohd Saleem Khan alias Adil (35) district commander (TuM), is a resident of Kaskoot in Banihal. Adil stated that he was motivated by his elder brother Nazir Mohd Khan alias Akram, who was divisional commander of TuM. He disclosed that for surrender, he made up his mind after remaining active for five years and closely monitoring the situation and analysing the things. Except disillusion, destruction and bloodshed there is nothing in it. Our own people are being victimised, killed and tortured and there seems to be no solution by picking up a gun for Jehad. He handed over his Pica gun, two belts of rounds and his Kenwood high frequency wireless set to the security forces. At the same time, Adil pleaded for protection and said they and their families will be facing constant threat from certain militant groups. The State Government as per its surrender policy should adopt all people of this group and rehabilitated properly. He said they would not go to their own area and prefer to settle down somewhere else. Five others are Irshad Ahmed Bandey alias Riyaz of Chachhal in Banihal, Ghulam Rasool Khandey alias Chacha Hamas of Mangat village in Banihal, Ghulam Mohd Naik, a resident of Mohu in Banihal, Mohd Amin Naik alias Shikari of Chachal in Banihal and Parvez Ahmed Wani alias Arif of Kaskoot in tehsil Banihal. Chacha Hamas handed over his sniper rifle and ammunition and others AK rifles and one pistol. Shikari’s brother was district commander of Hizb-e-Islami and was killed in an operation in 2002. Chacha Hamas, who has already lost his two young sons in militancy said, 'I do not want to lose my remaining two sons and two daughters. I want to lead a peaceful life with dignity alongwith my two wives. Let the Government rehabilitate us now. We have called it a day now,' he maintained. DIG Doda-Udhampur while speaking on the occasion said that surrenderees are welcomed in the national mainstream. He said though they were misguided, yet have come to the right track. They should look after their families and work in peace for development of their own nation. Brig Raj extended thanks to all the individuals, who persuaded the militants to surrender. He said some more are expected to follow the suit as State Government has already offered very good surrender policy with special package for rehabilitation.


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