BSF Officer, Jaish Commander Killed In Bemina Encounter
1 February 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: While as an Assistant Commandant of the Border Security Force (BSF) and a 'district commander' of Jaish-e-Mohammad got killed in a dramatic clash in Bemina outskirts of the capital city here this evening, three militants have been eliminated by security forces in two separate gunbattles in Sopore and Dooru localities in Kashmir valley since last evening. Informed sources told EXCELSIOR that a patrol party of BSF 193 Bn was out on duty in Qamarwari interior in Bemina outskirts of the capital city at 1900 hours this evening. Leader of the 7-member BSF party, Assistant Commandant Mukesh Bisht, found a cyclist in movement. He asked him to halt and the cyclist obeyed. As the BSF officer held the carrier of the bicycle for a check, the cyclist whipped out a pistol and pumped bullets into his head. The officer died on spot. Though the cyclist made a quick attempt to escape, other members of the BSF party shot him dead. One pistol, five hand grenades and one I-Com wireless set were recovered from the possession of the militant killed. Two photo identity cards were also recovered from the militant, who was wearing jeans and a jacket. Interestingly, one of the identity cards issued by Election Commission of India under No: JK31003054 described the slain militant as Riyaz Ahmed Sheikh S-o Abdul Gani Sheikh R-o Kachhmulla, Tral. Another identity card described the same militant as Mohammad Zakaria code Veqas Afghani code Abu Huzaifa S-o Mohammad Nazir Khan R-o Rawlakot, PoK. According to the second card, he was the 'district commander' with Jaish-e-Mohammad militant organisation. Twenty-six- year-old Mukesh Bisht, a resident of Saharanpur, was an officer of 25th batch, who was just three years old in BSF. Reports from north Kashmir said that troops of RR 22 Bn and SOG Baramulla eliminated a local militant of Hizbul Mujahideen in an encounter at Tujjar Sharif in Sopore area this morning. He was identified as Khursheed Ahmed Pir S-o Ghulam Ahmed Pir R-o Bona Astaan, Tujjar Sharif. Reports from south Kashmir said that troops of 2 Para and SOG Anantnag eliminated two Pakistani militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba in an encounter at Sof Punzgam in Dooru area of Anantnag district. They were identified as Abu Bakar and Abu Noman. Two army soldiers sustained injuries when militants caused an IED blast on Lasjan Bridge in Nowgam outskirts of Srinagar city late this afternoon. The targeted vehicle suffered minor damage, sources said.