VDC guns down 2 most wanted LeT terrorists
7 May 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: The Village Defence Committee (VDC) members today gunned down two hardcore terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) including a ‘district commander’ Abu Abdul Qazi alias Chotu Pakistani after a fierce gun- battle at village Dammi, Lopara in Dachchan area of Kishtwar tehsil in Doda district. Slain terrorists were categorized as most wanted terrorists and carried a reward of Rs 1.50 lakh on their heads, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu range, Pitambar Lal Gupta said. The reward money would be distributed among the VDC members, who eliminated the terrorists, he added. Official sources said the VDC members rushed to Dammi village in Lopara area after getting an information from the villagers that two hardcore Pakistani terrorists had sneaked into the village with a view to carry out massacre of the minorities. As the pickets of security forces and police were far away, the VDC members took no chance and proceeded to Dammi. They tactfully encircled the hideout of the terrorists and engaged them in encounter. After about half an hour long encounter, the VDC members succeeded in killing both the terrorists. A hideout, where the terrorists had taken shelter, was blasted by the VDC members, who didn’t suffer any casualties in the operation, the sources said. Slain terrorists have been identified as Abu Abdul Qazi alias Chotu Pakistani, a ‘district commander’ and Abu Dujan alias Dujana, a ‘deputy district commander’ of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, both hailing from Pakistan. From their possession, the VDC members recovered two AK-56 rifles, one wireless set, one grenade and 50 rounds. Sources said the slain terrorists were wanted in a number of subversive activities across Doda district including killing of five civilians at Patti Mahal, Kishtwar in November 2000. They were also wanted in looting cash worth Rs 1.50 lakh from the cashier of Dachchan Higher Secondary School in March 2001. In addition to the incidents of killings and loot, the terrorists were involved in extortions and attacks on security forces. In view of this, they had been placed in the category of ‘most wanted terrorists’ by the district police of Doda. Both carried a reward of Rs 1.50 lakh on their heads. Killing of two top Lashkar commanders was a big blow to the outfit, the sources said. Meanwhile, in another incident, the terrorists opened firing on Sabjian police post in Rajouri district last night. Firing was replied by the police personnel. After about 20 minutes firing, the police party beat back the terrorists’ attack and forced latter to flee, the sources said. No casualties were reported on police side.