5 comdrs among 10 ultras surrender before Azad
5 June 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Ten militants of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, five of them commanders including a divisional commander today surrendered before Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in the presence of senior civil and police officers in Doda town along with a large quantity of arms, explosives and wireless sets. With these surrenders, the Harkat network has been eliminated from Doda district. Official sources said all remaining 10 militants of HuM, who had been approaching police for joining national mainstream for last one and a half month, finally came out of their hide-outs last night and approached police. The militants were brought to Doda where they surrendered before Mr Azad, who was in the town in connection with District Development Board (DDB) meeting. Chief Secretary C Phunsog, Director General of Police (DGP) Gopal Sharma, DIG Udhampur-Doda range Lalat Indu Mohanty and SSP Doda Manohar Singh were also present at the surrender ceremony. This was after a long time that 10 militants jointly laid down their arms in Doda district. Sources said the left out cadre of HuM had been sending feelers to police through respectable citizens that all of them would jointly lay down arms. However, the militants were constantly shifting their hide-outs as a group of freshly inducted 11 foreign mercenaries, camping in Bhalessa, were making all out efforts to thwart the surrender or eliminate the militants if they didn’t agree to their dictates. With today’s surrenders, Harkat outfit has been completely wiped out in Doda district, police said. The militants, who surrendered were identified as Barkat Ali Mir alias Babar (code Shakeel) son of Abdul Gani Mir R-o Bharti, Gandoh, a divisional commander of HuM (active since 1998), Abdul Gani (code Hamad, set code Tango-2) son of Ali Mohd R-o Chinyas, Gandoh (active since 1998), a district commander of the outfit, both ‘A’ category militants and trained in Pakistan, Javed Iqbal alias Rizwan alias Mansoor alias Nayeem son of Fareed Ahmed R-o Changa (active since July 2000), a deputy district commander, Alam Hussain alias Dilawar Khan (set code Furkan) son of Israil Gujjar R-o Nali Dolu, a tehsil commander. Manzoor Ahmed alias Abu Tallah alias Murtaza son of Abdul Lateef R-o Amritpura, Chinyas, active since 2003, a section commander, Akhter Hussain alias Usama son of Ghulam Nabi R-o Changa, Gandoh, active since May 2005, Ghulam Hussain (code Zulfikar) son of Ghulam Qadir R-o Gwari Seehai, active since May 2005, a ‘B’ category militant, Anayatullah Khan alias Younis Khan son of Lal Din Khan R-o Sanwara, Gandoh, active since 2005, Talab Hussain (code Nassir Khan) son of Mir Ali R-o Kuti Chilli, active since 2005 and Jan Mohd (code Baba) son of Rusla Kumhar R-o Bharthi, Gandoh, active for last one year. The militants handed over four AK rifles with 16 magazines and 440 rounds, one pistol with two magazines and 16 rounds, one SLR with two magazines and 20 rounds, one .303 rifle with two magazines and 34 rounds, one Insas rifle with two magazines and 40 rounds, one UBGL with four shells, 10 wireless sets, eight walky talkie sets, one satellite telephone with charger, one binocular, two remote control IEDs, five detonators, one grenades of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and one pouch. The surrendered militants narrated to the Chief Minister the agony they suffered at the hands of foreign mercenaries during their initial period of joining the militancy. Mr Azad assured the surrendered militants that they will be given all benefits as admissible under surrender policy and all steps will be taken to rehabilitate them. After surrender, the militants were whisked away to a safe location for their protection and questioning.