Fidayeen strikes near Officers Colony
6 October 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: A fidayeen opened firing on police at Bela Colony near Officers Colony in the heart of town tonight injuring a police constable and was still holed-up in the area even as Army, police and other security agencies cordoned off the entire area. A fidayeen wearing black dress was spotted at Bela Colony heading towards the nearby Officers Colony, housing senior civil and police officers, at 8.50 pm. As police rushed to the spot, the fidayeen opened firing causing injuries to a police constable Daleep Kumar. Injured constables, who had sustained gun shots in his leg, was admitted in District Hospital, Rajouri. SSP Rajouri Farooq Khan, DySP Headquarters K S Jasrotia, DySP Qayoom, DySP DAR Fareed Ahmed and SHO Rajouri Devinder Singh rushed to the spot along with police and para- military personnel. Army personnel also reached the area. Entire Officers Colony and Bela Colony, also known as Suicide Colony, was cordoned off by Army and police. Police confirmed the presence of fidayeen in the area but said a further contact hasn’t been established with him. The fidayeen might have hidden himself under the cover of darkness and a contact with him was expected to be established only in the morning. An alert has been sounded in the area, official sources said. Meanwhile, security forces and police have arrested two militants from Pangai in Thanna Mandi area of Rajouri district and were hunting their third associate. The arrested militants have been identified as Liaquat Hussain son of Gulab Din and Mushtaq Ahmed son of Master Mohd Akbar, both residents of Pangai. Their absconding associate was identified as Mohd Aksar son of Mohd Akbar of Pangai. Sources said the arrests were made on the disclosures of Muzaffar Amin son of Munir Hussain of Pangai, a Jaish-e-Mohammed militant, who was arrested by police from a hotel in the town the other day after a grenade, he was planning to throw in the town here, exploded in his hands in a hotel room. Sources said all four militants were teen-agers and students of different schools in Thanna Mandi. They had been lured into militancy by a Jaish ‘district commander’ Saifullah.