July 2005 News

11 Hizbuls Fall In Police Net

15 July 2005
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Police today claimed to have arrested 11 militants in South Kashmir and busted a module of Hizbul Mujahideen, which was allegedly responsible for carrying out several political killings in South Kashmir and was also found involved in an attack on MoS Home, Abdul Rehman Veri. DGP Gopal Sharma said a dreaded militant Jahangir had floated the module of Hizbul Mujahideen. 'The module was responsible for killing of Attequllah Shah, a close relative of Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and brother of MoS Home,' he said, adding the module had fixed many targets for elimination. The police said they made a vital breakthrough after the interrogation of Sajad Ahmad, a member of the module. 'All members of the group were indoctrinated by a militant Jahangir who persuaded the group members to throw grenades at crowded places,' said a senior police officer. The police said the group had assigned the task of throwing grenades to Bilal Ahmad Magray. 'Near Marhama, members of this group tossed a grenade on the public meeting of MoS Home.' The police said they were expecting some more clues to militancy-related incidents from the group. 'We are sure many cases of militancy will be solved,' said an officer. The police have also recovered a reciept of Rs 6,000 from the group which was given to Sajjad for killing MoS Home's brother. The arrested members of the module have been identified as Sajad Ahmad Bhat, Bilal Ahmad Magray, Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, Farooq Ahmad Shiekh, Gulzar Ahmad Sofi, Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh, Muzuffar Ahmad Lone, Abdul Rashid Bhat, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, Mohammad Ashraf Bhat and Mushtaq Ahmad, all residents of South Kashmir. Two more infiltrators killed in Gurez The gunbattle between security forces and militants in snow-bound Gurez sector near the LoC continued for the fourth day today as bodies of two more ultras were found, taking the toll in the stand-off to nine. A defence spokesman said that bodies of two slain militants were recovered this morning. With rain, intensive cold and low visibility hampering operations, Army troops, who have surrounded the militants at a height of over 14,000 feet, are using heavy fire power to flush out the militants from rocky and snow-bound areas, the spokesman said. Militants, whose number was still not known, are making a desperate bid to extricate themselves and flee across the Line of Control, the spokesman said adding the operation is still going on. Army troops launched the operation on Tuesday after noticing movement of a large group of militants. Three militants shot THREE militants were among five persons killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, a police spokesman said today. Two militants were killed and another arrested in a gunfight during search operations in a forward village in Highhama area of Kupwara district last night, the spokesman said. A huge cache of arms and ammunition, including three AK assault rifles, 29 grenades, a pistol, a wireless set and some explosives were recovered during the operation. A Pakistani militant affiliated to Al-Bader outfit, Mohammad Tayoub, alias Gorkha, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Panzulla area of Baramulla district last night. An AK rifle, two magazines, 15 rounds and three grenades were recovered from the deceased militant. The spokesman said the beheaded body of an unidentified person was fished out from Kishan Ganga nallah near Grath-Budoogam in Tulail sector of Baramulla this morning. The identity of the deceased and the cause of his death is being ascertained by police, he added in another incident. The spokesman said militants abducted and later shot dead one Bashir Ahmad Dar at Wandena village in Pulwama district last night.


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