HMPPR Commander Eliminated, Body-guard Held In Budhal
11 July 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Rajouri: A top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Pir Panjal Regiment (HMPPR) was gunned down and his associate apprehended in an encounter by Rajouri Police and Rashtriya Rifles at Daryal forests in Budhal area of this district today. SSP Rajouri Farooq Khan said a joint team of police and 60 and 48 Rashtriya Rifles launched searches in Daryal forests in Budhal this morning after developing a specific information that HMPPR's 'district commander' Mohd Anwar, involved in several killings including three police personnel, was moving in the forests along with his two body-guards in search of some natural hide-outs in forests and surrounding mountains. A large contingent of police and Army cordoned off the forests from different directions in wee hours of this morning and launched a massive hunt for Mohd Anwar, who happened to be brother of slain SPO turned HMPPR's 'district commander' Mohd Yasin Bakerwal, who was also instrumental in the killing of three cops along with Mohd Anwar. Yasin Bakerwal was eliminated by Rajouri police about a couple of months back. He had deserted police after killing his two associates in Budhal and took away their three rifles. Sources said a contact with the militants was established at 3 pm today in Daryal forests after which a heavy exchange of gunfighting took place between the two sides in which Mohd Anwar was killed and one of his body-guard Mohd Tariq was captured alive. Another body-guard of the slain militant managed to escape but was being searched by Army and police in the forests. No casualties were reported on police or Army side in the encounter. Police party in the operation was led by SP Fareed Ahmed and SP V K Katoch. Mr Khan said the killing of Mohd Anwar was the result of effective coordination between Army and police. Recoveries made from the possession of slain and arrested militants include two AK-56 rifles, two magazines, three grenades, two kg RDX, one radio set, one mobile telephone and a large quantity of incriminating documents including a dairy containing details of militants, their harbourers and other contacts. Police hoped that some arrests would be made during scrutiny of the documents. Our Jammu correspondent adds: another encounter took place between security forces and militants at Dharkund in Gandoh area of Doda district last night. Exchange of firing between the two sides continued throughout the last night. While an intercept revealed that one militant was killed in the operation, police couldn't find any body in the area. Search operation was called off this afternoon as the militants were reported to have escaped.