August 2006 News

Two Jaish fidayeens killed near Nagrota

8 August 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: In a major success, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu Police gunned down two fidayeens of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit in an encounter at Jagti near Nagrota in wee hours of this morning and thwarted their plot to strike in the City here on or before the Independence Day. One of the slain militant has been identified as a Pakistani while identity of his associate hasn't been established though he too was believed to be a Pakistani, SSP Jammu Mukesh Singh, who supervised the operation, said. Mr Singh told reporters in his office that a team of SOG Jammu had developed a specific input about the movement of two Jaish fidayeens from Doda to Jammu City for carrying out an attack somewhere in the City or outskirts. The militants boarded off a vehicle beyond Nagrota to avoid police nakas. They took the route of Jagti probably to reach their hide-out on Narwal by-pass. However, the SOG team established a contact with the militants in a field at Jagti at 4.15 am today and challenged them to surrender. In the exchange of firing, both militants were killed. The SOG team didn't suffer any casualties. Possibility of the militants planning to strike at security forces convoy in Nagrota today morning is not ruled out. Nevertheless, the militants had a definite plan to carry out a fidayeen attack in the City or outskirts on or before August 15, the SSP Jammu said, adding the plot has been foiled. He said there were reports that a group of 10 to 12 militants had succeeded in infiltrating into Jammu from the international border for carrying out strikes on August 15. However, he added that the Army didn't subscribe to the police reports on infiltration. 'We are maintaining a high alert in Jammu district. Any attempt by the militants to strike will be foiled', Mukesh Singh said, adding all preventive measures have been taken for peaceful Independence Day celebration. Of two militants killed in Jagti gun- battle, one has been identified as Mohd Basharat alias Khalid son of Mohd Akbar, a resident of Manshera, Pakistan, a deputy commander of Jaish-e-Mohammed. He was carrying a fake identity card on the name of Ram Paul Sharma, a welder in Dul Hasti project. Identity of Khalid's associate hasn't been established so far but he too was believed to be a Pakistani. Recoveries made from their possession include two AK rifles, four magazines, four grenades, 89 AK rounds, one visiting card of Laxmi Lodge, a Kenwood operating guide, one J&K police ribbon for hanging the identity card, a sketch of Jammu City, a mobile telephone and hunter shoes. Police said recovery of a Laxmi Lodge visiting card from the militants indicated that they might have to stay there. The Lodge was located in the City. Meanwhile, security forces and police carried out searches in Jagti and surrounding forests for more than three hours this morning anticipating movement of some more militants. However, no such movement was noticed.


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