LeT Commander Masterminded Stone Pelting From Rajouri30 December 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: A Rajouri based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander has turned out to be a mastermind of engineering stone pelting in Kashmir this summer and was reportedly preparing another brigade of youth in different parts of the Valley to create trouble next June. Sajjad Ahmed Khan alias Shamas son of Abdul Rahim Khan, a resident of Firdousabad, Batmaloo in Srinagar district, operating in Thanna Mandi area of Rajouri district, engineered stone pelting in several parts of Srinagar especially Batmaloo by mobilizing youth to join the brigade of stone pelters after making them handsome payments through hawala operators of Rajouri district. Interception of the mobile telephone number of Shamas-8803638050-exposed his activities and links with the militants in the Valley, leading to formidable evidence with police about the connivance of militant-stone pelters. The interception of Cell No. of Shamas led to arrest of a number of militants and stone pelters, with whom he spoke on their mobile numbers issuing them directions for subjecting para-military and police personnel to stone pelting. Aadil Manzoor Aarm alias Jan Nissar son of Manzoor Ahmed Aarm R-o SD Colony, Batmaloo was trapped when his mobile phone number 9858783449 continuously received calls from Sajjad’s Cell number 8803638050. Aadil, when arrested, turned out to be a notorious stone pelter as well as a militant, which was evident from the fact that a number of grenades were also recovered from him. During questioning, Aadil admitted that he was resorting to stone pelting at the behest of Shamas. Aadil was booked in three FIRs at Batmaloo police station under Sections 147, 148, 302, 307, 341, 336 and 427 RPC. Nadeem Ahmed Bhatt alias Noman son of Tariq Ahmed Bhatt R-o Mahrajpura, Batmaloo was also trapped when his Cell Number 9596416714 received a series of calls from the mobile telephone number of Shamas. Every time, Shamas’ Cell was found operating from Thanna Mandi catching mobile towers of Manihal Ki Gali, Bafliaz New and Bharot Gali in Pir Panjal range in Rajouri-Poonch districts. Nadeem was arrested on the bases of calls made from the Cell of Shamas and admitted having delivered grenades to Aadil and another militant Imtiyaz Ahmed Sheikh alias Arslan son of Abdul Majid Sheikh, a resident of Firdousabad. Imtiyaz had also received a number of calls on his mobile telephone number 9797283278 from the Cell of Shamas. Sources said Sajjad alias Shamas had been directing Nadeem to supervise working of the module of militants and stone pelters operating in Batmaloo area. Nadeem has also been booked in three FIRs under Sections 147, 148, 302, 307, 341, 336 and 427 RPC. Mohammad Younis Chacha alias Zahid alias Hubaib son of Ghulam Nabi Chacha R-o SD Colony, Batmaloo too fell into the trap of police when his Cell number 9796959679 was found receiving frequent calls from the mobile of Shamas. While calling Chacha, Shamas’ Cell was taking signal from Manihal Ki Gali, Bafliaz, Bafliaz New, Chianasar towers. Chacha and Aadil were reported to have motivated a number of youths to join stone pelting at the behest of Sajjad alias Shamas. Sources said several other militants and stone pelters were also identified and some of them arrested after being called by dreaded Lashkar commander Sajjad alias Shamas from his Thanna Mandi hideout. Shamas was reported to have sent a series of consignments of hawala money for the militants and stone pelters from Rajouri through Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of the LeT outfit. Other militants, who were trapped by police with the interception of Sajjad’s mobile phone, included Omar Yousuf Wani son of Mohammad Yousuf Wani R-o Sadiqabad, Batmaloo, Nadeem Ahmed Ganaie son of Ghulam Mohammad Ganaie R-o Gangbough, Batmaloo, Tufail Ahmed Bhatt son of Fayaz Ahmed Bhatt R-o New Colony, Batmaloo, Aadil Hameed Bhatt son of Abdul Hameed Bhatt R-o Dandarkha, Batmaloo and Aijaz Ahmed Sheikh alias Hamza son of Abdul Hameed Sheikh R-o Baranpathra, Batmaloo. A total of 18 grenades were recovered from the arrested militants-cum-stone pelters in Batmaloo. Their main areas of stone pelting included Sarafkadal and Rech Chowk in Batmaloo.