August 2006 News

LeT militant gunned down in Bhadarwah

21 August 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: A militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit was gunned down by police at Masree Nullah in Pranu area of Bhadarwah while security forces and police recovered a consignment of explosives and ration including 10 kg RDX and six quintals ration from a hide-out at Sikri Top in Bhalla area of Doda district. Official sources said a police party launched an operation along Masree Nullah in Pranu area of Bhadarwah tehsil in Doda district early this morning after developing an information about the presence of two militants, both brothers, in the area. The militants were spotted in an abandoned dhok and were asked to come out and surrender. However, they opened firing with AK rifles. During exchange of firing, one of the militant managed to escape while another was eliminated by the police personnel. Police didnít suffer any casualties in the operation. Slain militant has been identified as Anzeer Shah alias Abu Yasin son of Ashraf Shah, a resident of Masree, Pranu. Sources said Anzeer Shah had surrendered before police on October 5 last year with an AK-47 rifle, two magazines and 80 rounds. After sometime, he again joined the LeT outfit and was operating in Pranu and surrounding areas for more eight months. His brother was also a Lashkar militant and was accompanying him at the time of encounter but he managed to escape. Recoveries made from the scene of encounter include one AK rifle, one magazine, five rounds and one pouch. Police party in the operation was led by SP (Operations) Doda Varinder Sharma and SP Bhadarwah Ashok Sharma under the supervision of DIG Udhampur-Doda range Lalatendu Mohanty and SSP Doda Manohar Singh. Security forces and police destroyed a hide-out of the militants at Sikri Top under the jurisdiction of Bhalla police post in Doda district and recovered 10 kg RDX in the form of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), three quintals rice and flour, five grenades of Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), five AK rounds and 13 SLR rounds besides other eatables and utensils. The hide-out, where the explosives and ration had been dumped, was destroyed in the operation. It belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, the sources said. Militants lobbed a grenades targetting a CRPF post at Chinai Mohalla in Bhadarwah at 9 pm yesterday. The grenade, however, missed the intended target and exploded midair without causing any loss of life or damage. Police and para-military personnel immediately cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. However, there was no trace of the militant responsible for throwing the grenade.


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