4 Hindu Militants Killed In 22 Yrs Of Turmoil: Police31 July 2011
Srinagar: Four militants from Hindu community have been killed during the two-decade-long militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior police official said. 'So far four Hindu militant commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen - Uttam Singh alias Saifullah, Kuldeep Kumar alias Kamran, Subash Chander Shaan and Bipin Kumar - were killed in 22 years long militancy in Jammu and Kashmir,' IGP of Jammu Zone Dilbagh Singh said. He, however, rebutted claims of Hizbul Mujahideen that a large number of Hindus picked up guns due to idealogical conviction. 'I did not see any idealogical conviction in all these cases (Hindus boys joining militancy). I have gone through cases of 3 to 4 militants (Hindus) who have been killed. It is all absurd. Most of them forcibly picked up or were fascinated by power of gun,' he said. Singh said, 'If gun can fascinate Muslim boys, it can fascinate Hindu boys as well. When they lift guns, they feel empowered, and extortion and dictating people become part of their life.' He said Subash Chander Shaan alias Wasif, a deputy divisional commander of Hizbul, was killed on July 26 this year in Nawapachi belt in Kishtwar. Shaan joined militancy in 2000. “Kuldeep Kumar, a deputy divisional commander of Hizbul, was killed in Bhaderwah belt of Doda district during an encounter on August 24, 2006. A resident of Kishtwar, Kumar was lured by power of gun in 1997 when he in Class 12,” IGP said. He said another HM commander Uttam Singh was killed in encounter in Gandoh in Doda district on August 20, 2005. “He joined militancy due to extreme poverty and love for guns,” he said. The official further said Bipin Kumar, one of the longest serving Hindu militant for HM, fell to the forces' bullets in November 2008 in Doda. “He was active since 1994 and joined militancy due to an affair with a girl,” he said. IGP said, on November 9, 2004, Hizb commander Manoj Kumar Manhas alias Ansari was one of the 47 militants who surrendered to the Army. “He was lured into militancy by another militant Baldev Singh, who is still absconding,” he said. He further said two other HM militants' couriers - Chattar Singh and Rashpal Singh - were arrested by police in Doda and Ramban districts in 2005 and 2008. “HM militant - Dhoni Chand alias Tofail and Sachin Kumar - of Kishtwar district are absconding. They might have been killed or crossed to other side of the LoC,' SSP Kishtwar Bhim Sen Toti said. He said in Rajouri District, Kripal Singh and Shan Lal of LeT and Kishen Chand and Sanjay Kumar of Hizbul are still absconding. “Similarly, there is no information on the whereabouts of Lal Chand, Baldev Singh and slain militant Kuldeep's brother - Randeep Singh who is a sector commander,” he said. 'Once they join militant groups they cannot come out due to pressure on them. If they try they get killed,' IGP Singh added.