3 Top LeT Ultras Captured In Kishtwar
14 October 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: In a major success, police and security forces today captured alive three hardcore militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) from upper reaches of Pattimal in Kishtwar district and recovered a large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives from their possession. This is for the first time that three hardcore LeT militants have been apprehended by police and Army in a single operation in Kishtwar district, that too without suffering any casualty. DIG Doda range Farooq Khan told the Excelsior that police and Army launched a search operation in Pattimal this afternoon after developing a specific input about the movement of three Lashkar militants, who had been operating in Dachan, Pattimal and Palmar areas for last more than three years. After four hours search operation, a contact established with one of the militant, who was heading the group, in Pattimal forests this evening. After a heavy exchange of gun fighting, the militant was arrested. He has been identified as Nissar Ahmed alias Abu Maaz son of Ghulam Mohd Shah R-o Pattimal. Nissar, Mr Khan said, was subjected to sustained interrogation by the police on spot during which he revealed the presence of his two associates in a nearby dhok, set up by the shepherds. Police and security forces immediately cordoned off the dhok and challenged the militants to surrender. However, the ultras refused to come out and opened firing on the security personnel, who retaliated. After an hour long exchange of firing, police and Army succeeded in apprehending both the militants alive. They have been identified as Ghulam Mohd Shah alias Abu Qasim son of Ghulam Hassan Shah R-o Pattimal and Farooq Ahmed son of Abu Sufian, a resident of Trungi, Dachan. Police or security forces didn't suffer any casualties in the operation that lasted four to five hours. Police party in the operation was led by SP Kishtwar Mumtaz Ahmed. Recoveries made from the possession of arrested militants include three AK-47 rifles, four magazines, 120 rounds, one Chinese grenade, two mobile telephones, five letter heads of LeT outfit and some incriminating documents. The DIG Doda range said with the apprehension of three militants, entire cadre of LeT in Dachan, Pattimal and Palmar areas has been wiped out. A Pakistani militant, Abu Furqan, who was heading the group in the area, was shot dead by security forces at Shopian few months back while his deputy Billal Ahmed was apprehended. All three arrested militants have been whisked away to a safe location for sustained interrogation to ascertain the location of LeT hide-outs and their contacts in Kishtwar and Doda districts. Meanwhile, an Army Subedar was killed in an encounter with militants at village Joura under the jurisdiction of Gandoh police station in Doda district in the early hours of this morning. Sources said police and troops of 26 Rashtriya Rifles launched a joint search operation in Joura after developing a specific information about the presence of militants. However, as the militants were having advantage of positioning themselves atop a hill, they opened firing on an approaching column of security personnel, who fired back. In retaliatory firing, Subedar Surya Bali was killed while the militants managed to escape. Security forces continued searches to apprehend them. Another encounter took place between Rashtriya Rifles and militants at Kainar in Mahore area of Reasi district in which two Army personnel-Sepoy D Sonowet and Naib Subedar Malsuma were injured. Sonowet has been evacuated to Command Hospital, Udhampur while Malsumar has been shifted to Battalion Headquarters hospital.