July 2007 News

Ummar was plotting to target yatra, blasts in Delhi

20 July 2007
The Daily Excelsior
By Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: A number of important documents recovered from the possession of slain top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant, Abu Ummar, who was gunned down in a co-ordinated operation by different security agencies at Haveli Mohalla on outskirts of Bhadarwah tehsil in Doda district in wee hours of Wednesday morning, have unravelled a Lashkar plot to strike on Amarnath yatris between Ramban-Banihal belt. His mobile telephone number has also exposed top over ground network of the LeT outfit in Doda district. Police and security forces have intensified security arrangements for the pilgrims on entire national highway especially between Ramban-Banihal belt. Official sources said scrutiny of documents revealed that Abu Ummar had directed Abu Muslim, LeTís ĎIncharge Operationsí for Ramban-Banihal to target Amarnath yatra convoy on the highway immediately. Abu Muslim had been directed by Ummar to use two fidayeens 'who were already at his disposal' and hidden somewhere in Nachlana area of Banihal to target the yatra. Abu Muslim, who was operating in Banihal-Ramban belt for last six to eight months, had sufficient arms and explosives at his disposal, the documents revealed. Sources said soon after de-coding the message from documents, authorities have sounded an alert on Ramban-Banihal section of the National Highway to ensure smooth passage of the yatra. Abu Ummarís mobile telephone No. 9906062848, whose calls were monitored and traced by police which ultimately trapped him in Haveli Mohalla, has also given police very vital clues about over ground network of the outfit especially in Bhadarwah belt of Doda district. 'A vast network of Abu Ummar has been exposed from his mobile handset and Subscribersí Identity Module (SIM) card. Ummar had tried to destroy the mobile handset as well as the SIM card but failed in his attempt', sources said, adding searches were today launched by police to trace the members of Ummarís network, who had been assisting him in carrying out militant activities in Doda district. Some of them might have gone under-ground while some others were likely to be arrested, they said. Mobile telephone numbers of several LeT militants including some commanders have also been taken out from mobile telephone recovered from Abu Ummar. In a bid to overcome setback suffered by the LeT outfit with the killing of Abu Ummar, the LeT has immediately appointed another hardcore Pakistani militant Abu Kasha as new Ďdivisional commanderí of the outfit for entire Doda district. Kasha was operating in Bhadarwah belt for last about one year and was Second-in-Command of the outfit after Abu Ummar. Kasha has immediately taken over the command of LeT outfit after the killing of Ummar. According to sources, Abu Ummar was putting up in the house of Bashir Ahmed Ganai for more than a week impersonating among the locals as his guest. Every day, he had been attending prayers in the local mosque. Sources said besides plotting to target Amarnath yatra, Ummar and his associates were also planning to attack crowded areas once again with a series of blasts as done on the eve of Diwali last year. This was the reason that Ummarís movement was being observed by Delhi Police and Intelligence Bureau as well besides Army and Doda Police. The operation to kill him was joined by Bhadarwah and Doda police besides IB and Delhi Police team. The operational team was led and supervised by DIG Udhampur- Doda range Lalat Indu Mohanty, SSP Doda Manohar Singh, Additional SP Bhadarwah M L Mehra and SHO Bhadarwah Inspector Ajay Jamwal besides a senior officer of the rank of Joint Deputy Director of IB and Delhi Police officials. Senior Army officers and soldiers were also involved in the operation.


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