January 2002 News

BSF guns down two dutch ‘fidayeen’ after knife attack

13 January 2002
The Indian Express
NAZIR MASOODI

Srinagar: TWO Dutch nationals who attacked a Border Security Force patrol were shot dead in retaliatory firing in Srinagar this morning, sparking off confusion over whether those killed were ‘assailants’’ or ‘‘fidayeen attackers’’ as claimed by the BSF. The attackers have been identified as Ell Bakiowali Ahmed and Ell Hasnowai Khaliq. According to BSF Deputy Inspector General Des Raj, they attacked the six-member patrol party near Mamta Hotel in Dalgate with knives, injuring two jawans. ‘‘It was a fidayeen attack. Both the attackers were killed by our personnel,’’ he said. At night, though, the PTI news agency reported that the BSF issued another statement — the third by the security agency since the incident — which called the Dutch nationals ‘‘assailants’’ instead of ‘‘foreign militants’’. While Ahmad’s passport number is M-20676150, Khaliq’s is M-90511694. According to the police, they reached New Delhi on December 26 from Amsterdam, travelling via Amman. They reached Srinagar by road on January 6, and were staying at the ‘Happy New Year’ houseboat on Dal Lake. Their entry in Srinagar has been registered with the Foreigners’ Registration Office (FRO) here. Though the Dutch Embassy in New Delhi offered no comment, sources in the Embassy told The Indian Express the two were ‘‘most probably of Indian or Pakistani origin’’. The bodies will be reaching New Delhi Monday morning. The police — who called the duo assailants rather than militants — are investigating their antecedents. IGP Ashok Bhan said they had recovered daggers from the houseboat they were staying at. ‘‘The covers for the daggers were hidden under the houseboat’s belly. We also found two credit cards, two cellphones and a compass,’’ said Bhan.

 

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