3 top Hizbul militants killed in Gool, Marwah
13 May 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Doda: Three militants were gunned down by Army and police in two separate encounters in Gool and Navapachi areas of Ramban and Doda district today while Territorial Army destroyed a hide-out of the militants at Marwah, Doda. Official sources said troops of 61 Rashtriya Rifles and police launched a joint search operation in Lancha area of Gool in Ramban district this morning after developing a specific input about the presence of a group of local Hizbul Mujahideen militants in the area. During searches, a hide-out of the militants was surrounded by Army and police personnel. A heavy exchange of gun- fighting ensued between the two sides which continued for two hours. Two militants were killed in the gun-battle while security forces didnít suffer any casualties, sources said, adding one or two ultras might have managed to escape during exchange of firing. Slain militants, whose bodies have been recovered from the spot, were identified as Ashraf son of Nazir Ahmed, a resident of Gool and Makhna son of Ibrahim R-o Pakewali, Gool. Recoveries made from their possession include two AK-56 rifles, four magazines, 120 rounds and one Chinese hand grenade. Makhna was a wanted militant in Gool and was involved in a series of subversive activities. His killing was considered to be a setback for Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. Security forces and police continued searches in Lancha forests to trace a couple of militants who managed to escape during the cross-firing, sources said. Another encounter took place between militants and troops of 11 Rashtriya Rifles and Doda police at Bhatta bridge in Marwah area of Doda district this morning, SSP Doda Manohar Singh said. Slain militant has been identified as Amin alias Jahangir, a resident of Kadarna, Marwah, an activist of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. He was active in Marwah since 2001 and was wanted for planting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and attacks on security forces. One AK rifle, two magazines, 54 rounds and a pouch were recovered from the scene of encounter. Security forces didnít suffer any casualties in the operation. Both operations were supervised by DIG Udhampur-Doda range Lalat Indu Mohanty. Jawans of Territorial Army destroyed a hide-out of the militants at Wanipora, about 15 kms from Doda today and recovered 133 rounds of 9mm, 168 rounds of .303, 94 Pika rounds, 18 AK rounds, two 12 bore rounds, one battery charger and half kg RDX. No arrests were made from the hide-out, sources said.