December 2005 News

Jaish network cracked in Kishtwar, 5 held

21 December 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: In an important success, police today arrested five militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit from Kishtwar town’s outskirts in Doda district. Two of them hailed from Anantnag district in Kashmir valley and three from Kishtwar tehsil in Doda district. So far, a BSNL mobile telephone, four BSNL SIM cards and Rs 10,000 have been recovered from their possession. More recoveries were in the offing. Official sources identified the arrested militants as Sajjad Ahmed Khanday son of Ghulam Ahmed Khanday and Shabir Ahmed Akhoon son of Ghulam Hassan Akhoon, both residents of Mati Gawran, Anantnag, Tanveer Ahmed son of Mohd Abdullah Bhat, Shahid Hussain son of Abdul Rashid Bhat, both cousins and residents of Sangram Bhatta and Sajjad Hussain Bhat son of Ghulam Qadir Bhat R-o Beerwah, Kishtwar. A BSNL mobile telephone No. 94195-42277 and four BSNL SIM cards, whose numbers have been kept secret by the police, were recovered from the militants. A Nokia mobile phone and Rs 10,000 cash were also seized from them. Sources said Tanveer Ahmed was real brother of top Jaish militant Javed Ahmed alias Atish, a resident of Sangram Bhatta, Kishtwar. They said all five militants were camping in a hide-out on the outskirts of Kishtwar town for last two days waiting to meet Jaish-e-Mohammed ‘divisional commanderÂ’ Khalid (code name), a Pakistani, presently operating in KishtwarÂ’s upper reaches and his trusted lieutenant Atish. Police waited for two days for the arrival of Khalid and Atish but they didnÂ’t turn-up. Finally, the police personnel raided the hide-out this afternoon and captured all five militants. The militants had been planning a meeting to devise a fresh strategy to step-up militant activities in Doda district. The militants from Anantnag had brought with them one mobile telephone and four SIM cards for Khalid and Atish, which were seized by police. Preliminary questioning of the militants revealed that they had also held a meeting in the same hide-out on November 7 where they had exchanged a huge transaction of cash and some arms. Their further interrogation was on. Some more arrests and recoveries were expected. Meanwhile, a top militant of Hizbul Mujahideen Pir Panjal Regiment (HMPPR) was today arrested by police at village Kasbrari in Mendhar sector in Poonch district. Sources said a hardcore militant of HMPPR identified as Javed Mohd son of Mohd Shaffi, a resident of Kasbrari, Mendhar, who had crossed over to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) last year for arms training and returned recently, was arrested by a team of Mendhar police from Kasbrari. Police planned the search operation after developing a specific information that Javed Mohd had returned from PoK after completing his arms training and was operating from a hide-out. He was trying to revamp the HMPPR outfit to carry out subversive activities as directed to him by his mentors across LoC before his infiltration to this side. During preliminary questioning, the militant disclosed that after his infiltration to this side of LoC, he stayed in Kasbrari for few days. However, anticipating his arrest, he left for Punjab along with his weapon and stayed there for few days, posing himself as a tourist. He again returned to Mendhar and was arrested. Police was searching an AK rifle, which he had brought along with him during infiltration. The weapon hasn’t been recovered so far.


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