Pak militant, jawan killed near Doda
10 September 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: A top Pakistani militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and an Army jawan were killed in an encounter at village Manthori under the jurisdiction of Doda police station last night while troops of 43 RR and police recovered a large quantity of explosives including 35 kg RDX and nine grenades from a hide-out of the militants at Thanna Mandi in Rajouri district today. Troops of 8 Rashtriya Rifles and Doda police launched a search operation at village Manthori, falling opposite Prem Nagar, in Doda last night after developing a specific information that three hardcore militants of LeT outfit had taken shelter in a dhok. SSP Doda Manohar Singh said a contact with the militants was established at 10 pm last night after which a heavy exchange of gun fighting ensued between the two sides. Taking advantage of darkness and surrounding forest cover, two militants managed to escape after about two hour long gun battle. One militant and an Army jawan of 8 RR were killed in the encounter. Slain ultra has been identified as Abu Babar Khalid, a resident of Charkoot, Pakistan. He was a 'commander' of Lashkar outfit and was operating in Doda district for last one and a half year. Khalid was involved in a number of killings, kidnappings and extortions along with his cadre in Doda. He was on hit list of security forces and police. One AK rifle, two magazines, one pouch and one grenade were recovered from the slain militant. Body of the Army jawan was evacuated from the encounter site and sent to his home town. He has been identified as Sepoy Ittam Setti Krishana Babu (No. 2607420-M) of 3rd Madras, posted in 8 RR. Sources said he sacrificed his life while fighting bravely with the militants. Troops of 43 Rashtriya Rifles, part of Thanna Mandi Brigade and Thanna Mandi Police in Rajouri district launched a joint search operation at Kuth Wali Gali and destroyed a hide-out of the militants. Recoveries made from the hide-out include 35 kg RDX, nine grenades, five meters wire, 220 AK rounds, one wireless set, 20 pencil cells and four IED switches. Immediately after making the recoveries, Army and police launched a joint search operation in the area to apprehend the militants, who had dumped RDX and grenades in the hide-out. Recovery of the explosive devices have thwarted the militants' plot to strike in Rajouri, the sources said. Security forces also recovered 300 rounds of AK-47, three magazines, 10 UBGL grenades and three Russian grenades from Garanga forests in Gursai area of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district today.