People Foil Ex-militant's Attempt To Kidnap Girl

19 April 2014
The Hindu
Ahmed Ali Fayyaz

Srinagar: The local people stopped an ex-militant of the Lashkar-e-Taiba wielding an AK-47 from kidnapping a girl at Nowpora Kalan in Sopore and handed him over to the police on Friday night. Later, in the morning, the people torched his house and two of his cars and a tractor and tried to kill his family members. It is said to be the first such incident during the 25 years of militancy in northern Kashmir. Sources said Imran, now living in the locality, along with Mudassar Shah of Khohipora, a constable at the Handwara police station, tried to enter the house of Ghulam Mohiuddin War allegedly to kidnap his daughter. The family raised an alarm, and the neighbours rushed to its help. Imran, who the police said was arrested in 2012 along with LeT's top-ranking Pakistani commander Fahadullah, and Mudassar were severely beaten up. Officials in the North Kashmir police range confirmed that they were arrested. Sources told The Hindu that when the fire brigade and the police tried to the stop the attack on Imran's property, the people attacked them and repeatedly tried to set his family members ablaze. The police took the family into their protection. Sources said 12 police officials were injured in the clashes