December 2007 News

Top HM ultra on way to City nabbed

2 December 2007
The Daily Excelsior
By Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: Special Operations Group (SOG) Jammu today apprehended a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant from a bus in Nagrota along with arms, ammunition, two identity cards and a mobile telephone. The militant, who had undergone training in different camps in PoK for five and a half years, was on way to the City here to create a safe hide-out for Hizbul divisional commander Maqsood Bhat, presently operating in Neel area of Banihal, who had been directed by Pakistanís Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to carry out a major terror attack in the City. Captured militant has been identified as Mohd Hayat Bhoru (code Danish) son of Atta Mohd Bhoru, a resident of Gangna, Chambalwas in Neel area of Banihal tehsil, district Ramban. Official sources said a SOG team led by SP Operations Mubassir Latifi under the supervision of DIG Jammu range Lalat Indu Mohanty and SSP Jammu Parminder Singh had laid a naka at Nagrota Traffic Check Post (TCP) after developing a credible input that a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant had left Banihal for Jammu City. In the afternoon, Bhoru was nabbed from a passenger bus by the SOG team, joined by a Nagrota police station party headed by SHO Inspector Deepak Raina. From his possession, the SOG team recovered one pistol, two magazines, 11 rounds, two identity cards and a mobile telephone having BSNL SIM card with number 9797006759. The militant was immediately whisked away to an unknown location for sustained interrogation. Sources said two identity cards recovered from his possession had signatures of Village Level Worker (VLW), Banihal. While one identity card was blank, the second one carried the name Imtiyaz Ahmed Sohil son of Ghulam Mohd Sohil R-o Chak Narwa, Neel. The card showed profession of the bearer as a student. As per preliminary investigations, both identity cards appeared to be fake, sources said, adding the mobile telephone of Bhoru has been sent to concerned authorities to extract data including contact numbers and other details about associates of the militant. During immediate questioning, Bhoru disclosed that he had crossed over to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) through Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector along with a group of 40 others youths, drawn from different parts of the State, in March 2001. Bhoru underwent arms training for one year at Boie camp in Muzaffarabad and then for one and a half year at Illaqa Gair. He stayed in different training camps in PoK and Pakistan till August 2006 when he infiltrated into Indian territory in a group of seven militants from Kupwara sector. As per the directions of Pakistan army and ISI, Bhoru started operations in Nachlana, Neel, Gool and Banihal areas under the command of Maqsood Bhat, a divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen for Banihal. He was instrumental in launching several operations against Army, para-military and police besides targeted killing of civilians in Banihal along with his associates-Saifullah and Furqan. He revealed that top Hizbul commanders had directed him to reach Jammu City and create a hide-out in Bhatindi area along Narwal bypass. According to him, Maqsood Bhat too had to reach the City in next eight to 10 days to stay in Bhatindi. They had to be delivered arms and explosives by some Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of Hizbul Mujahideen. The proposed target of the militants in the City was known to Maqsood Bhat only and hadnít been shared with Bhoru, sources said. Bhoru is being taken to Banihal tomorrow in search of his associates, hide-outs of the militants and recoveries. Sources said only one month back, Bhoru was involved in a major encounter with the Army at Nachlana, Banihal in which he lost his AK rifle but had managed to escape. Further interrogation of the arrested militant was on and some more important disclosures were expected from him. A case against the militant has been registered at Nagrota police station under FIR No. 313-2007 under Sections 120, 120-B, 121, 122 and 124-A RPC and 26-27 and 7-25 Arms Act.


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