J&K Cracks Down On Group Behind Beig's Killing
1 November 2004
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday cracked down on a group owing allegiance to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, allegedly behind the assassination of National Conference (NC) leader Safdar Ali Beig and the IED attack on NC president Omar Abdullah, in Anantnag district. Eleven persons including five active militants of the outfit were arrested, while efforts were on to nab two other members of the group including a suspected Pakistani militant, inspector general of police, Kashmir, Javid Ahmad Makdoomi said in Srinagar. With the arrest, eight other murder cases including that of a senior Congress leader Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, four policemen and three police officers were also solved, apart from the cases of Beig's murder and the attack on Abdullah, Makdoomi said. Describing the arrest of the gang as a major success, the Kashmir police chief said the arrested persons were active in Anantnag for quite sometime and had spread terror in the area with repeated killings. The district police made the arrests with the help of Army and CRPF, the police chief said. The arrested have been identified as Khursheed Ahmad lone alias Nika and Ashiq Hussain Boda of Qazibagh, Ghulam Rasool Wagay, Ashaq Huasal Narchoor, Altaf Hussain Mungkhal, Imtiyaz Ahmad Din and Suhail Ahmad Deen, Mukhtiar Ahmad Ganai and Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Irfan Hamid and Ghulam Rasool Najar.