December 2005 News

Top LeT ultra held with 3 AK rifles in Doda

13 December 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent

Jammu: A top militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was arrested by Doda police and Army today from Pul Doda today when he was shifting a consignment of arms and ammunition including three AK-47 rifles from Srinagar to Bhaderwah. In another incident in Doda, a civilian was gunned down by the militants in his house at Kashreyan, about eight kms from Doda last night. Official sources said troops of 4 Rashtriya Rifles and a Doda police party headed by SSP Prithvi Raj Manhas and SP (Operations) Varinder Sharma had laid a naka at Pul Doda this afternoon after developing a specific information that a top Lashkar militant will be arriving from the Kashmir valley along with a consignment of arms and ammunition. The militant was arrested as soon as he boarded off a bus, which had come from Srinagar, at Pul Doda and was trying to catch a Bhaderwah bound bus. He had concealed the consignment of arms and ammunition in two large bags beneath clothes. He has been identified as Aashiq Hussain son of Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Qila Mohalla, Bhaderwah. He was working for the LeT outfit for past quite sometime. Recoveries made from his possession included three AK-47 rifles, eight magazines, five grenades and 283 AK rounds. The militant was immediately whisked away to a safer area for interrogation. Police was trying to ascertain the source who gave him the consignment and the militants to whom he had to deliver the consignments in upper reaches of Bhaderwah for carrying out subversive activities. Sources said raids are being planned at militant hide-outs in Bhaderwah on disclosures of the arrested militant. Two militants entered in the house of a civilian Mohd Shaffi son of Ghulam Hassan at village Kashreyan, about eight kms from Doda last night. They took the civilian to a nearby field and shot him dead. The militants escaped. Body of Mohd Shaffi was recovered this afternoon from the field and has been sent for post-mortem. A search operation had been launched for the militants. Rajouri police and jawans of BSFÂ’s 121 battalion recovered a consignment of arms and explosives during a search operation at Charran under the jurisdiction of Rajouri police station today. Recoveries are one revolver, two stick grenades, one time pencil, two electric detonators, seven remote control devices and Rs 114 in Pakistan currency. In addition to this, a large quantity of eatables, abandoned by the militants, were also recovered from the spot.


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