May 1999 News

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BSF sweeper killed in Gurez

20 May 1999
Daily Excelsior

Informed official sources told EXCELSIOR that intermitent exchange of shelling between Indian and Pakistani troops continued in Keran, Gurez and Karnah sectors though the damage and intensity of the fire has been insignificant. However, last evening, Pakistani troops targetted the Indian security forces' "Anaar" post at a border village of Tilel in Gurez sector in which a BSF sweeper (No. 9646600) of 153 battalion got killed.

While addressing a Press Conference IGP Kashmir P S Gill today claimed that SOG Srinagar had succeeded in smashing some hide-outs of the pro-Pakistan ‘Al-Badr’ outfit in the capital city as three of its members had been apprehended and large quantities of arms and ammunition recovered. Mr Gill said that on the basis of a specific information SOG Srinagar conducted a series of raids, apprehended the top-wanted Al-Badr militants and effected the largest ever arms haul in the capital city.

SOG's seizure included two UMGs, one MMG, two RPGs, two sniper rifles, nine AK series rifles, six Chinese pistols, one 51mm mortar, six rockets, one telescope, seven remote control devices, three wireless sets, two HE grenades and seven Chinese grenades. The authorities, however, refused to disclose the identity of the detained militants while pleading that it could hamper further progress in the matter.

Mr Gill said that Al-Badr had been planning largescale destruction in the Valley as throwing grenades at busy market places and causing IED blasts at public places was its specific agenda. On the basis of the interrogation reports of the detained militants, Mr Gill said that Luqman alias Jan Nisar of Pakistan was the "supreme commander" of Al-Badr while as Salah-ud-Din alias Khyber alias Gazi was the commander for Srinagar and Ganderbal.

Mr Gill claimed most of the Al-Badr militants had been got identified and efforts were underway to liquidate them as soon as possible. According to the senior police official, Umar Khan, Akram, Usman, Shehzad, Feroz, Fazal Azim Bhat, Sher Ali, Talha and Azad were the Pakistani commanders of Al-Badr in Valley while as Bombar Khan of Tulmulla, Bul Hajam of Kruhama, Asif of Chhatergul, Jan Nisar and Shaheen of Chhatergul, Nazir Cobra of Wangi-pora, Rasheed Wani of Safapora, Babar of Kudora, Mukhtar of Dara Khimber, Fayaz Ahmed Bhat of Safapora and Akbar of the same village were the top-wanted Al-Badr militants.

Meanwhile, SOG have apprehended an Al-Badr group commander at Asham Sonawari with one MMG, district police have apprehended two militants from Onta Bhavan as two .303 rifles have been recovered from them.

SOG also claimed to have apprehended Hizbul Mujahideen's "district financial chief" from Magray Mohalla, Barzullah with cash worth Rs 15220/- and a letter head.

An IED blast occurred at Gund-e-Dachan, Bandipora, in which one Army official got injured and a vehicle of security forces suffered minor damage.

Meanwhile, both the militants killed in Army operation at Gund-Umar Kreeri, Dooru, have been identified as Bilal Ahmed Wani S/o Mohammad Akram Wani of Batkote, Pahalgam and Khursheed Ahmed Khanday S/o Ama Khanday of Zalangam, Kokernag.

Police killer identified:

Highly-placed official sources said that the militant who had liquidated quite a number of police personnel in the capital city of late has been identified the other day when he attempted to target a vigilant police man at the busy Hari Singh Street. However, the targetted policeman took position and fired a couple of rounds on the militant. He managed to escape with the advantage of huge pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Sources said that the official were hopeful of gettng him arrested in a few days.

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