Hizb's Hindu Area Commander Killed
20 August 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: For the first time in the history of militancy in the Valley, a Hindu Area Commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen was killed today. Four other militants were killed in other incidents, coming hours after militants shot dead two Village Defence Committee members and attacked the houses of a former NC legislator and a ruling PDP leader. The Hizbul 'area commander', Uttam Singh alias Saifullah, was killed when police guards at the residence of a local leader Mohammad Sharief fired to repulse a militant attack at Thaloran village in Gandoh area of Doda district today. Singh was a resident of Bisran village of Gandoh. He was appointed commander of Gandoh recently and was among seven Hindu militants active in the district. Another Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Farooq Ahmad Khan, was killed in an encounter with the Rashtriya Rifles in Kullarnar forests in Pahalgam this afternoon. Security forces killed another Hizbul militant, Irshad Ahmad alias Fidayeen, in a gunfight at Guwas-Chabba in Gandoh area this morning, the spokesman added. In separate encounters, security forces killed two militants at Thian-Kangan on the outskirts of Srinagar and Sogam in Kupwara district today. Militants attacked the house of former National Conference legislator Sheikh Mohammad Rafi, being guarded jointly by Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF, at Kasdoora village in Shopian area of Pulwama district last night.