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Surrendered Militant Bares Sex, Sleaze of Secessionists

15th March 1999
IE, J&K Newsline
By: Vikram Jit Singh

ANANTNAG: In a shocking expose not only of the "sex and sleaze" of the secessionists, the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen's district administrator for Anantnag, Khurshid Ahmad Reshi, has revealed how he survived 10 long years by taking shelter in the houses of "mainstream" politicians and got bullet wounds of his militant cadres treated in Srinagar's top government hospitals.

And, "custodial deaths" are not the monopoly of the security forces alone, if Reshi is to be believed. "We local militants clashed often with the foreigners over the ruthless killings of civilians, including those enrolled in the BSF, Army, CRPF, IRP etc. A suspected security force informer was interrogated so brutally by an Afghan militant, Abdul, that he died in our custody," Reshi said

Once wanted desperately by the forces, Reshi now figures on top of the militants hit list. In an exclusive interview at the Anantnag Police station, Reshi swore he would take up the gun once again the day Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son also fights alongside him. "It is the poor of the Valley who are now the cannon fodder for militancy, pawns in the Pakistani-inspired jehad. Geelani's children and other Hurriyat leaders children are well-settled abroad as doctors, engineers," Reshi said.

Reshi, who was in charge of distributing funds for the Hizb, reiterated the charge that Hurriyat leaders and top Hizb commanders have fattened themselves on secessionism and sleaze. "I led the group of militants that met JKLF chairman Yaseen Malik in Magam, Anantnag, last year. He told us that we should furnish a list of those militants killed because Rs. Hurriyat from Pakistan. But I got only Rs. 5,000 for each family of a killed militant. The rest was globbled up by Hurriyat leaders and Valley's top-line Hizb militant commanders," Reshi said.

Charges of sexual abuse by militants have surfaced in the Jammu region recently and Reshi holds that Kashmir theatre is no different. "Most militants are sexually active and take pains to bide the affairs for fear of alienating people. Foreign militants have on occasion sodomised boys. A Pakistani militant of the Lashakr-e-Toiba killed Shariefa, a young girl, when she got pregnant," Reshi said.

When asked how he had survived a decade o militancy a wry smile came upon Reshi's face. He put it down to providence and the benevolence of politicians, officials and Police functionaries. "We have stayed in the houses of top politicians of all hues and their relatives, block presidents, senior assistant in the court and government functionaries because the security forces would never suspect our presence," Reshi said.

Explaining the mystery shrouding the low incidence of attacks on leading politicians, Reshi said, "We attack their cavalcades only when we know he/she is not travelling the the car.

The security sometimes acts as a deterrent but we need politicians because a considerable number is willing to connive with us."

It would come as surprise to many that wounded/disease suffering separatist militants frequently avail of the subsidised Government hospitals in Srinagar, especially the Bones and Joints Hospital, Barzulla, and the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura. "The name is changed, a false reference is given and the bullet wound ascribed to a cross-fire casualty.

Pakistani militants are dressed up as Gujjars and admitted to Srinagar hospitals," Reshi revealed.

Crores of rupees have come to militants from government contractors of the Roads and Buildings. Rural Development department, and even from fruit contractors. "A chairman among the contractors is appointed by the militant group to collect funds and hand them over to us. Hizb district commander Abu Rafi has met the executive engineer in his office in Srinagar to negotiate the cut from the road construction allocation," Reshi said.

Meanwhile, Reshi also revealed that ISI was willing to offer any amount of money for suicide bomber who would demolish the Jawahar Tunnel by driving in an explosive-laden truck following which the security agencies were put on hight alert.

Reshi had also told his interrogators that Pakistani militants had come under orders from ISI that it was willing to pay an astronomical price for blasting the tunnel and cutting off the only road link to the proxy war-hit Valley.

Either a suicide bomber would be used or the driver would be kept in the dark about the explosives while his companion would set off the charge with a remove-control from outside the tunnel, Reshi told the police.

Both Anantnag SSP Farooq Khan and DIG, ITBP, T. I. Singh, confirmed that the top brass of the various security agencies had been alerted.

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