Women Terrorists in Doda, Kishtwar5 March 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Police in Doda and Kishtwar districts have identified 15 young women, who have been actively working for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits and were even trying to motivate other ladies to join ranks of the militants. Inputs developed by police of Doda and Kishtwar through their Intelligence network during past few days of winter have confirmed earlier intercepts of some womenís support to the militants of two major outfits in the two districts. All 15 women, who were working for Lashkar and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits, have been identified by police, sources in district police of Doda and Kishtwar said. When contacted, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu zone, Ashok Gupta told the Excelsior that some cases of womenís support to militancy have been registered in Doda and Kishtwar districts. The cases were registered against the women, who were found to be 'very actively working' for the militants, he said. However, police have taken a lenient view so far against the women who had been forcibly or out of compulsions lured into militancy. 'We have mobilised some local police officials, elderly citizens and former Panchayat members to talk to parents and other family members of women militants with a direction to persuade their kin to give up support to militancy, or else, police will proceed legally against the fair sex', Mr Gupta said. Most of the women found working for the militants were married, he said, adding some of them had married ultras of the two outfits. Initially, according to sources, police would try to get the women out of militancy excepting few who have been directly involved and have been booked. However, if they didnít give up their pro-militancy approach, they too would be booked and arrested, they said. The women identified by police had been helping the militants for past three to four years in different ways including shifting their arms, arranging hide-outs for them, providing logistics in hilly areas and giving information about security forces. A couple of women have also learnt handling of small weapons. Some of these women were still present in their houses while others were operating under-ground, sources said. The women had helped the militants when they had come down to plains in the winter from mountainous areas in both the districts. Some local people were also reported to have helped police in identification of women involved in militancy. Eight top commanders of LeT and HM outfits have been eliminated by police and security forces in Doda and Kishtwar districts during first two months of this year. Two women militants were killed in Doda and Kishtwar (one each in two districts) last year while another woman was apprehended last month in Kishtwar for her active involvement in militancy. She happened to be the wife of a top commander, who was killed in the operation. 'Police was on the job to finish off residual militancy in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Reasi, Rajouri and Poonch after killing a number of top militants in these districts', the IGP Jammu said. He added that a similar drive to identify women militants has also been initiated in Reasi, Rajouri and Poonch districts. A number of women militants had earlier also been arrested from Poonch district and police had reports that some ladies were still working with LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfits there. They too would be neutralised under the special drive launched by police, sources said.