November 2005 News

6 HM militants surrender

26 November 2005
The Daily Excelsior
By Sarwar Kashani

Srinagar: While as Army said that six of the dreaded Hizbul Mujahideen militants have surrendered before them, troopers in upper reaches of Gulmarg have launched a massive operation to flush out suspected militants hiding in forest areas. According to details, six dreaded militants affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit surrendered before KILO Force along with their arms. Sources said that the surrendered militants were active in northern part of Kashmir for the last many years. They were involved in many militant activities and were among the most wanted ones. Giving out details of their surrender, the sources said that the surrendered militants including three from Rajouri, two from Bandipore and one from Rafiabad in Baramulla. A special function was organized today where parents of the surrendered militants were present. However, the names of the surrendered militants were not made public. Meanwhile, according to sources, troopers of 2nd Garhwal Regiment and 193 Field Regiment have launched a massive operation in Kongdori, the upper reaches of Gulmarg after they suspected some movement in the forest area. Sources said that troopers have surrounded the area and were carrying out searches. However, nobody has been arrested, so far. Meanwhile, hundreds of the students of University of Kashmir (KU) staged protest demonstration within the campus expressing severe resentment against the arrest of two students. Two University students identified as Rafique Ahmed of Zakura of Islamic Studies and Riyaz Ahmed of Handwara of Bio- Technology at KU were arrested from Zakura and Rajbagh respectively. Riyaz was living as a tenant in Rajbagh. The duo were arrested two days earlier in connection with Delhi serial blasts. The news about the arrest of the students reached the campus today and the students immediately took out a procession, demanding their immediate release. The protestors alleged that the police was ‘falsely’ involving the Kashmiri students. The students have threatened boycott of their classes if their colleagues were not set free without any delay. Chief Proctor Dr. Mufeed Ahmed said the peaceful demonstrations were held in the campus against the arrest of the two students. The students were pacified by Vice Chancellor Abdul Wahid and Registrar who assured the protesters that the matter would be taken up with the authorities. Rafiq’s teachers at the University said he was present in the department on the day when Delhi serial blasts occurred and as such his connection with the blasts in Delhi seems impossible. Javed Ahmad, his colleague, said Rafeeq never supported violence in his daily discourses in the class and his involvement in the killings of the innocent people in Delhi was ‘unbelievable’. However Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, K Rajendaran told EXCELSIOR that one of the arrested students was involved in Delhi serial blasts and the other one is a close associate of slain Jaish commander who was recently killed in an encounter at Jawahar Nagar.


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