400 kg explosives seized
10 April 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: In one of the biggest recoveries of arms and explosives, Army today recovered 400 kgs of explosives and other huge cache of arms from Pattan averting possible tragedy ahead of by-polls. Three militants and an employee of Forest Department were killed in separate militancy related incidents across the State since Sunday evening. Sources said that troopers of 29 RR on a tip off, recovered huge cache of explosives, four quintals of improvised explosives, hidden in a cowshed in Lulipora area of Pattan. The other recoveries, include three UBGLs, 20 UBGL grenades, four handgrenades, six AK rifles, 300 AK rounds, 30 IED circuits, 25 IED detonators, one radio set and a large number of Russian primers. A defense spokesman in Srinagar said that the arms and ammunition were stored in the area to disrupt the electioneering and voting for bypoll to Pattan, Rafiabad and Sangrama assembly segments on April 24. In the meantime, four militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba were arrested from the same district today. Sources said that the arrested militants were planning attacks in Baramulla district to disrupt the forthcoming assembly bypolls. The arrested militants been identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat, Ishtiaq Ahmad, Aijaz Ahmad Shah and Samiullah Shah, who have confessed to plan a suicide attack on security forces in Sangrama area of the district, the sources said. One AK rifle, one pistol, 66 assorted bullets and 12 hand grenades were recovered from arrested militants. The arrested militants were later handed over to Special Task Force of State police at Sopore for further investigation. According to sources, a fierce gun battle erupted between militants and troopers in Wudwan Doda, bordering Kashmir this morning. Giving details of the incidents, sources said, a joint party of SOG and 3 Para troopers (7 RR), on a specific operation, cordoned off Sukhnai village of Wudwan valley in Kishtwar tehsil in Doda this morning, during which militants opened fire on the troopers. Sources said that the fire was returned ensuing into a fierce gunfight, which continued for several hours. Two militants, reportedly affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammed militant outfit were gunned down during the encounter, sources said while identifying the slain militants as Mustaqeem and Commando. One AK 56 rifle and a pistol were claimed recovered from the slain militants. A militant owing allegiance to Hizbul- Mujahideen was killed in a brief encounter with troops at Khul Ahmedabad, Damal Hanji Pora in Kulgam south Kashmir this morning, sources said. Detailing the incident, sources said that on a tip off, troops cordoned off the village and launched operations in the village. The militant holed up inside a residential house in the area opened fire on the troops, which was returned ensuing into a gunfight. In the brief exchange of fire one militant, identified as Fayaz Ahmed Bhatof Lamhar Qazigund was eliminated. Police recovered a body of an employee of the forest department and a released militant, identified as Sabzar Ahmed Gatto, son of Abdul Rehman of Din Masjid Bijbehara. Sources said that Sabzar's body carried marks of sharp weapon round his neck, indicating he was slaughtered to death. The deceased had been abducted by unidentified gunmen from his house during the preceding night.