April 2007 News

Hizb Distt Comdr Killed

23 April 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Hizbul Mujahideen's top wanted 'District Commander' Bada Jehangir has been found dead in Anantnag district today. Informed sources said that residents spotted the bullet-riddled body of one of Hizbul Mujahideen's seniormost commanders, Ghulam Nabi Mir alias Bada Jehangir S-o Ghulam Mohammad Bhat R-o Dupatyar, Bijbehara, on a road near Gadseer in Anantnag district today. As Police and security forces maintained that they had not carried out any operation in that area during last night, Mir is suspected to have been killed by militants themselves on some suspicion. Sources said that Bada Jehangir, who had joined militancy in the year 1989, was one of Kashmir valley's seniormost militants. According to official sources, he had been working as a 'District Commander' until his assassination by unidentified gunmen last night. These sources said that Bada Jehangir was directly involved in a large number of militant acts, including the killing of then Minister of State for Home, Abdur Rehman Veeri's brother. Reports said that a group of people took to the streets to protest Mir's assassination. Hizb had not issued any statement over Mir's killing till late this evening. Meanwhile, troops of 2 Para of Army have killed an unidentified militant in an encounter in Satri forest area in Bandipore. Some officials said that he had been identified as Usman of Hizbul Mujahideen. Dead bodies of two militants, killed in an encounter with SOG and Army in Trehgam and Rangwar forest area in Kupwara district, have been recovered today. One militant and one soldier had got killed in the gunbattle in Rangwar yesterday. Two militants killed in an encounter with security forces and militants in Shopian area yesterday have been identified as Riyaz Ahmed Ganai of Safanagri and Rayees Ahmed Teli of Katgam in Zainapora area. Official sources maintained that both belonged to Harkatul Mujahideen. A Defence spokesman said that both of the slain militants were members of Hizbul Mujahideen. Agencies add: A fierce gun-battle erupted in Kupwara this afternoon, sources said. They said security forces cordoned off Gungbug forests in Sogam area of Kupwara district following specific information about the presence of militants there. The sources said as the forces were sealing the area, militants fired upon them with automatic weapons. The fire was retaliated. The gunfight was on when reports last came in. Five shops, four 'kothas (hutments)', a house and three other structures were gutted in separate incidents of fire across the valley overnight, police said today. They said fire broke out in the house of Mohammad Muzaffar Bhat at Khan Colony Chanapora late last night, resulting in partial damage to the structure. Short circuit was said to be the cause. Fire broke out in a matting shop of Ajaz Ahmad at Mohalla Jadeed in Baramulla town of north Kashmir. The blaze soon engulfed four other shops, causing partial damage to them. The cause was being ascertained. A two-storied cowshed of Mohammad Akbar Malik and Mohammad Yousuf Wani caught fire when some children were playing with match sticks at Bragam in Dooru. The cowshed was completely damaged in the fire. Fire broke out in the 'kotha' of Mohammad Afzal and Abdul Jabbar at Charlgund Rednag. The blaze soon engulfed adjacent three 'kothas' and a cowshed. Reyaz Ahmad was wounded in the fire and later shifted to the Bones and Joints hospital here.


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