Hizb 'commdr' Among Two Militants Killed
23 July 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: While a soldier has died in exchange of fire with militants in Bijbehara late last night, two of the top wanted militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, including a 'District Commander' have got killed in an other gunbattle in Tral area of Pulwama district. Informed sources told EXCELSIOR that over a specific information, troops of Rashtriya Rifles 42 Bn, CRPF 185 Bn and 163 Bn Territorial Army swooped on the house of one Abdur Rasheed Bhat, over a specific information, at Mandora in Tral area late last night. During the operation, two holed up militants opened fire and made frantic efforts to escape. However, troops in retaliation, destroyed the target house as also its adjacent grainery with IEDs, killing both the holed up militants. They were later identified as Aijaz Ahmed Bhat alias Muzammil S-o Mohammad Akram Bhat R-o Rathsuna and Mohammad Yusuf Najjar S-o Ghulam Mohiuddin Najjar R-o Gatroo, Tral. Sources said that Aijaz alias Muzammil was the most wanted 'A' category militant in Tral area, as also an IED expert, while Yousuf Najjar was a 'B' category militant. Two AK-47 Rifles, eight magazines and two grenades were also claimed to have been recovered from the site of encounter. Sources said that both the militants killed in action, were members of Hizbul Mujahideen. While sources in Tral said that the operation was primarily conducted by Army, a Police spokesman asserted that the same was exclusively conducted by Police. In Handwara, reports said that recovery of an 84-mm mortar from the backyard of Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan's CRPF-guarded house has baffled the security forces. Headquarters of CRPF 152 Bn did not respond to calls. Reports from Handwara said that a local suspect was believed to have taken the explosive device in. Sources said that late last night an exchange of gunfire took place between militants and security forces at Marhama, in Bijbehara outskirts. Militants left one soldier of Rashtriya Rifles 3 Bn dead and another injured before vanishing from the spot in darkness. Reports from south Kashmir said that Police conducted a raid on the house of one Ghulam Hassan Bhat S-o Habibullah Bhat at Ashajipora in Anantnag town over a specific information and recovered counterfeit currency of Rs one Lakh in denominations of Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 500. Police sources said that the hideout was being used for anti-national and anti-social activity. According to these sources, two persons believed to be involved in printing and circulation of the fake currency have been identified as Irshad Ahmed Thokar of Roh Manghal and Ghulam Nabi Mir of Pethbug, Anantnag. Police have registered an FIR and started investigation as both the suspects are likely to be apprehended in a day or so. Meanwhile, a Sikh youth, who has committed suicide by jumping into the river Jehlum on July 21, has been identified as Indrapreet Singh S-o Gurdeep Singh R-o Preet Nagar, Jammu. His dead body has been fished out from The Jehlum today.