J-K mosque siege ends, Hizb militant surrenders
20 October 2002
The Indian Express
Srinagar: In a swift action, the army on Sunday forced a Hizbul Mujahideen militant seeking shelter in a mosque to surrender after a brief seige in Badgam District in central kashmir, official sources said. The militant, Abdul Hamid, laid down his arms when the troops tightened their cordon around the mosque at Ongam in Beerwah area where he had sneaked in on Sunday morning, they said. The sources said troops of 34 Rashtriya Rifles were on a routine patrol in the village when they came under gunfire from the local mosque around 1030 hours IST on Sunday. The soldiers retaliated and laid a cordon around the shrine. They then made village elders enter the shrine to ask the militant hiding inside to vacate it, the sources said adding that after an- hour-long drama, the lone militant came out and surrendered to army. The seige around the mosque was immediately lifted and the militant was taken away for questioning, the sources said.