Longest Surviving Hizbul Comdr Among 3 Killed
31 October 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: A district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, his associate and a SPO were killed in a fierce gun-battle between militants and troops of Rashtriya Rifles and police at Malikpura in Chatru area of Kishtwar district this evening. One of the slain militant was among the few longest surviving militants, who were operating in Doda and Kishtwar districts for last 15 years. DIG Doda range Farooq Khan said troops of 11 Rashtriya Rifles and police launched a search operation at village Malikpura in Chatru last night after developing a specific information that three militants including a district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Moulvi Fayyaz Ahmed alias Alfa 3 (set code Zebra) were hiding in three storeyed house of a SFC guard Bashir Ahmed Malik at Malikpura. A contact with the ultras was established this morning. As all three militants had taken shelter in a dhok atop a hill, they opened heavy firing from their AK rifles and lobbed grenades on approaching columns of security personnel, leading to the killing of a SPO, Shamas Din. Army and police personnel retaliated and surrounded the dhok. In the meantime, additional re-enforcement of security forces also reached the spot and a heavy exchange of gun fighting ensued between the two sides, sources said. In the afternoon, Hizbul Mujahideen's district commander Moulvi Fayyaz Ahmed was eliminated by the troops. His associate, whose identity was yet to be established, was killed in the evening. The house was gutted in the gunbattle. SP Kishtwar Mushtaq Ahmed was camping at the spot supervising the operation. Mr Khan said Fayyaz was involved in an attack on Congress leader and MP Ch Lal Singh three years back in which DSP Mushtaq Ahmed Mir and other cops were killed. One more ultra was trapped in the area and troops were making all out attempts to kill him. He was believed to be a foreign mercenary and was said to have escaped deep into a surrounding forest area. Sources said Moulvi Fayyaz Ahmed was among the longest surviving militants in Kishtwar and Doda districts. He was active in militancy since 1992 and was involved in a series of subversive activities including killing, kidnappings and extortions. He was also instrumental in recruiting several local youths into Hizbul Mujahideen. Recoveries made from the scene of encounter include two AK rifles, three magazines, 30 rounds, one wireless set, one mobile telephone and explosive material. Bodies of the slain militants were being shifted to Chatru, sources said, adding the body of Shamas Din has been brought to Chatru police station and will be sent to his home town tomorrow morning with full military honours.