Hizb 'Bn Commdr' killed in Pulwama
29 April 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Police and security forces today claimed to have killed Hizbul Mujahideen's a top-wanted 'battalion commander' of Hizbul Mujahideen who was allegedly involved in over 20 civilian killings in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Official sources said that Pulwama Police and troops of Rashtriya Rifles 55 Bn conducted a raid over a specific information on the residence of one Shaukat Ahmed Bhat S-o Jalal-ud-din Bhat at Sambora on Srinagar-Pulwama Road late last evening. After the inmates came out and a militant was found holed up, exchange of gunfire took place which lasted for several hours. In the morning today, the militant came out firing on the troops but he was gunned down. He was identified as Bilal Ahmed Dar alias Mustafa of the same village. Sources claimed that Mustafa was operating as 'battalion commander' with his organisation in Pulwama- Pampore-Khrew belt. According to official sources, he was involved in over 20 civilian killings in jurisdiction of Police Stations of Pulwama, Pampore and Awantipore. According to Police records, he had killed a young woman and her brother in his home village of Sambora last year. Sources said that, according to Police records, he was also involved in the killing of National Conference activist and noted writer Ghulam Rasool Gayoor at Ratnipora, Pulwama, on October 22, 2005. He had also killed Congress activist Ghulam Mohammad Chamman of Lajora on November 11 last year, sources said. Mustafa was also wanted in the killing of head constable Muneer Ahmed of Naman on November 14, 2005, Haseena D-o Ghulam Mohammad Hurrah of Galbug on November 13, 2005, Reyaz Ahmed Hurrah of same village on December 12, 2005, and released militant Riyaz Ahmed Andrabi of Ratnipora on November 11, 2005. Officials claimed that Mustafa's killing in an encounter this morning was a major achievement for Police and security forces and people of the area had heaved a sigh of relief as, according to them, the slain militant was the most dreaded and merciless in Pulwama district. One AK-47 rifle is claimed recovered from the site of the gunbattle. Reports said that at Naidkhai in Sumbal area of north Kashmir, unidentified militants today shot dead one Bashir Ahmed Wani S-o Ghulam Mohammad Wani. He was reportedly a mechanic. Reports from Kupwara said that an encounter took place between militants and security forces in Kanthpora area of Lolab in which a girl, Zareefa D-o Inayatullah, sustained injuries. Reports said that due to a constable's accidental fire at Police Station Handwara, three passengers of a minibus sustained injuries. They were identified as Altaf Pir of Chuntipora Mawar, Lecturer Bashir Ahmed Gazi of Sopore and RT teacher Raheela of Handwara. Constable Pervez Ahmed was disarmed and taken into custody for interrogation. Meanwhile, atleast 30 passengers were injured in a severe road mishap at Pampore today when a passenger bus went out of the control of the driver and skidded of the road. According to sources, a speeding passenger bus bearing registration number JKQ-195 with 50 passengers on board coming from Pulwama to Srinagar went out of the control of the driver near Samboora, skidded off the road and turned turtle. Thirty passengers were reported injured in the mishap, though official sources said that only twenty passengers were injured. Police identified some of the injured as Akbar Sheikh of Kakpora Pulwama, Dilshada of Gundar Pulwama, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Rafeeqa, Abdur Rehman Sofi, Abdul Khaliq, Ghulam Mohiuddin, Manzoor Ahmed, Wazeer Ahmed, Abdus Salam, Mohammed Yousuf Wani and Rehana Shabnum all from Pulwama town. The injured were hospitalized. Sources said that two of the injured in a critical condition were referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment while rest of them were discharged after being administered first aid.