Militant Surrenders, 4 Arrested
23 October 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: A militant, who was wanted in several militancy related incidents, surrendered before security forces in Kashmir valley where four Over- Ground Workers (OGWs) were arrested and villagers foiled an abduction bid. An official spokesman said that a militant identified as Wasim Akram alias Setha surrendered before police at Zainapora in Shopian district today. The militant was wanted in several militancy-related incidents. He said that 5 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) launched a search operation in Ganderbal General Area following specific information and apprehended four over ground workers. They were identified as Manzoor Ahmed Khan, Younus Baniya, Mohamed Iqbal Baniya and Forest Guard Ghulam Mohammad Baniya. The four were active over ground workers of the Hizbul Mujahideen and involved in aiding, abetting and providing information of the movement of security forces to militants. They were later handed over to Ganderbal Police Station for further investigations. Meanwhile, police said four armed men tried to kidnap a local, Khurshid Ahmad Wagay, from his residence at Fries Dab near Charar-e-Sharief town in Budgam district. However, the villagers saw Wagay being taken away and chased away the kidnappers, thus averting the abduction bid. While fleeing from the spot, the armed men lobbed a hand grenade towards the villagers, police added. However, the grenade did not explode. Police have registered a case in this regard. The spokesman said that a live grenade was found in the temple town of Mattan in Anantnag district of South Kashmir. They said the hand grenade was found lying at Kehribal in Mattan town, about three km from the historic Sun Temple of Martand, in Anantnag district. A Bomb Disposal Squad of the State Police later destroyed the grenade without causing any damage, police added.