August 2007 News

Retd SP Gunned Down

31 August 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen, believed to be militants, have gunned down retired Superintendent of Police Mohammad Amin Khan in close vicinity of his residence at Babagund village in Pattan area of Baramulla district.Informed sources in north Kashmir told EXCELSIOR that Mohammad Amin Khan, who had last year retired from service as Additional SP Budgam, was as usual taking a round of his apple orchard at Babagund, in Pattan area, when two unidentified gunmen appeared and fired upon him at 1845 hours this evening. Main target Khan, as well as his unarmed PSO, Constable Mohammad Iqbal, sustained injuries. After the assailants disappeared, residents evacuated both the injured to hospital. While as 59-year-old Khan succumbed to injuries at Sub District Hospital Pattan, his PSO was rushed to Magam and admitted to a local hospital. He was later referred to SMHS Hospital and rushed to Srinagar for medical treatment. Survived by wife, two daughters and a son, Khan was laid to eternal rest at his ancestral graveyard late tonight. DIG north Kashmir, Dr B Srinivas, SSP Baramulla Viplab Kumar, SP Headquarters Baramulla Sheikh Junaid Mehmood and SP Sopore Imtiyaz Hussain Mir were among hundreds of people who called on the bereaved family and participated in the funeral rites. Khan had reached superannuation after serving Police Department for about 35 years. He had mostly remained posted in Executive Police, Vigilance, Crime and CID. He was a soft-spoken gentleman and known for reaching out to the needy to provide one or other help in over three decades of his service. Sources said that even after his retirement and having never participated in counter-insurgency activity directly, Government had posted five Police constables-Mohammad Iqbal, Shabir Ahmed, Tanvir Ahmed, Zahoor Ahmed and Aijaz Ahmed-as Khan's PSOs. He was as usual escorted to the orchard by Mohammad Iqbal who did not carry his service weapon. Even as eyewitnesses have told Police that the gunmen, widely believed to be militants, used one AK-56 rifle, officials insisted that a pistol appeared to have been used in killing the former Police officer. Hizbul Mujahideen has reportedly claimed responsibility of Khan's killing with the allegation that he had worked with the counter-insurgent Special Operations Group of J&K Police. Officials, as well as his relatives, however, maintained that he had never worked with the Task Force. Meanwhile, reports from Kangan said that Police has recovered dead body of 32-year-old Gujjar, Mohammad Ismail Chichi S-o Abdul Gani Chichi, from a forest area of Behak today. He had been kidnapped by suspected militants from his residence in Margund, Kangan, earlier this week. Reports said that one of Chichi's brothers was working in Army and another in BSF. Sources in Srinagar said that a constable of CRPF 139 Bn, Narender Kumar Panday, was accidentally hit when he was cleaning his rifle at his paramilitary formation at Syed Rehman Market, Nishat, during last night. Having sustained gunshot wounds, Panday was rushed to Soura and admitted to SKIMS for medical treatment.. Meanwhile, in a search operation based on specific information, troops of 9 Rashtriya Rifles recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition in general area of Duninar forest in Anantnag district. Wrapped in polythene bags and dumped in a storage, the seizure included one UMG, one belt box, 192 rounds of AK ammunition and one UBGL. In another operation launched by 7 Rashtriya Rifles in general area of Badr Gali in Anantnag district, troops busted a natural hideout in a cave hidden in the rock face by heap of stones. The recovery includes one Pika gun, one Pika belt box, 44 rounds of Pika ammunition, 11 Chinese grenades, 23 rounds AK ammunition, 02 IED CCT and single barrel local made weapon.


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