Doda Militants Strike In Chamba
15 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Kishtwar and Chamba police have launched search operations in upper reaches of Gandoh where a group of militants was reported to have sneaked after forcibly snatching 700 cattle from the villagers of Kunda, Salooni in Chamba area of Himachal Pradesh, bordering Gandoh heights. Official sources said a team of Chamba police headed by Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Salooni Pritam Patyal and Inspector Kishan Lal besides a number of cops have been camping in Gandoh heights where police have launched a searches along with security forces to apprehend the militants and retrieve the cattle forcibly taken from Maloor Dhar of Chamba by the militants. Maloor Dhar of Salooni tehsil in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh falls just opposite Gandoh mountains in Kishtwar. Earlier also, militants used to cross over to Chamba heights whenever pressure was mounted on them by security forces. Sources said the militants were reported to have crossed over to Maloor Dhar, falling under the jurisdiction of Tissa police station in Chamba district, from Gandoh heights and brought with them 700 cattle at gun point. A report to this effect was lodged with Tissa police station by a victim Nar Singh son of Bheja Singh R-o Kunda, Salooni, who had also lost his all cattle in the militant action. A FIR No. 88-07 in this connection has been registered at Tissa police station. According to sources, some particular heights where the militants were reportedly hiding along with the snatched cattle have been identified in Gandoh mountains and searches launched to apprehend the ultras and restore the cattle to villagers of Salooni. Searches were going on till late this evening when the reports last came in. More re-enforcement is being rushed to the spot to nab the militants, sources said. Meanwhile, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant today surrendered before Doda police, 10 Rashtriya Rifles and 76 CRPF officers in Doda district. He has been identified as Baber Sheikh alias Naveed Hassan (radio code M-2) son of Murad Ahmed Sheikh, a resident of Pul Doda. SSP Doda Manohar Singh said the militant handed over one AK rifle with two magazines and 60 rounds, one Self Loading Rifle with two magazines and 60 rounds and one I Com radio set at the time of surrender. The militant was active in Marmat, Doda since 2005 and had been rated as 'C' category militant. He had managed to escape during several encounters and raids by security forces and police for the past two years. The surrendered militant has been sent for questioning.