March 2007 News

LeT commander killed in Doda

31 March 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: Police today gunned down a ‘section commander’ of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) at Kither in Kishtwar tehsil and apprehended four Over Ground Workers (OGWs) including a PHE lineman and an ex-Army soldier for supporting militancy in Doda district. SSP Doda Manohar Singh said police launched a search operation at Kither in wee hours of this morning after developing an information about the presence of two to three LeT militants in the area. A contact with the militants was established when they opened firing on advancing party of police. Exchange of firing between two sides continued for about two hours in which a LeT ‘section commander’ Mohd Ali alias Abu Zar son of Mohd Abbas Khan R-o Sanwara was killed. Two other militants escaped during the gun-battle taking along with them an Insas rifle of slain ultra. One grenade, four Insas magazines and one pouch were recovered from the spot. Mr Singh said slain militant was involved in a series of subversive activities in Doda district especially in Gandoh, Kishtwar and Thathri. He had looted one SLR from SPO Kuldeep Kumar on May 23, 2005. On May 17, 2006, he had looted another SLR from SPO Kuldeep Kumar. In this connection, cases has been registered with Gandoh police station. Police continued searches to apprehend two militants who escaped during the encounter. Police also arrested four OGWs, who were helping militancy to sustain in Doda district. They have been identified as Mohd Ashraf son of Abdul Wani, a Lineman of PHE department, Din Mohd son of Abdullah Bhat, Sajjad Ahmed son of Ghulam Qadir Wani, all residents of Trenkal, Gandoh and Rehmatullah son of Din Mohd R-o Surranga, presently putting up at Kahara, Gandoh, an ex-Army jawan. They have been booked by police for their links with the militants. During questioning, the OGWs admitted that they were working for Hizbul Mujahideen militants including Ashiq Hussain, Mohd Yasin, Mohd Altaf and Keen, all active in Tanta, Gandoh. They had been extorting money from contractors at the rate of 10 per cent from Government employees, Rs 10,000 per annum from contractors and 10 per cent of agriculture production from locals. They had also been providing food, shelter, logistics and moral support to militants. The OGWs are being subjected to sustained questioning to ascertain their other militancy related activities.


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