February 2000 News

Politician held for links with militants in Doda

1 February 2000
Daily Excelsior

JAMMU Feb 1: District Police Doda and 9 RR in a joint operationapprehended a hard-core militant of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit at Ramli Sarthalin Kishtwar yesterday. The militant was identified as Imtiaz (code Manzoor)R/o Padyarna, Kishtwar.

Disclosing this at a joint press conference at Doda today, SSP Doda, MrMunir Ahmed Khan and commander 9 RR said Imtiaz Hussain was involved inthe murders of three political leaders of Kishtwar town last year. He was alsoinvolved in a number of attacks on security forces and was instrumental inrecruiting local youth in militant ranks in connivance with influential people.

On interrogation, the militant disclosed the involvement of a political leader, GhMohd Saroori in providing moral and material support to the militants. Inaddition, he also used to provide them hide-outs over the last several months.Police have arrested Gh Mohd Saroori for his militant links. SSPDoda said thatsome more prominent overground workers of militants are expected to bearrested soon.

On AK-56 rifle, one grenade and one wireless set were recovered from thepossession of Imtiaz Hussain alias Manzoor.

Meanwhile, on a specific information a police party of Chhatroo and 11 RR launched a joint search operation in general area of Kochal last evening.During search operation, the joint party of police and Army came across ahideout of militants which was subsequently smashed.

One medium machine gun, 173 belted ammunition, 8 grenades, one 9 mmpistol, 87 pistol rounds, one grease box, one AK magazine, one AK magazinebox and two winter jackets were recovered from the hide-out.

It was stated at the press conference that there was a close co-ordinationbetween police and army in information sharing and launching joint successfuloperations. During the month of December 1999 alone, as many as 14hard-core militants were killed by police and army in Kishtwar and Gandohareas of Doda. Six militants were eliminated in a single operation in Lakhanarea of Gandoh. This operation had also been jointly launched by police andarmy.

The arms and ammunition recovered from the apprehended militant and fromKochal area were also shown to media persons at the press conference.

 

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