Hizb Commander Killed In 'group Clash' This Time
2 August 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: While militants have killed a farmer in late night shootout in Pulwama, a top-wanted commander of Hizbul Mujahideen has been found killed in mysterious circumstances in Achhabal area of Anantnag district. Within days of Army's killing a farmer boy in late night firing, militants have killed a farmer, who was busy with irrigation of his paddy fields in Pulwama district. Informed sources told the Excelsior that one Bashir Ahmed Wani S-o Abdul Khaliq Wani of Mohanvij, Kakapora, was busy with irrigation of his fields at his water pump close to his village late last evening. One of his relatives, who was present on the spot, later narrated that Wani spotted two persons moving around and asked them loudly who they were. He probably mistook them for thieves who have stolen a number of water pumps in Pulwama district. As the two strangers asked Wani to keep quiet and mind his own business, he moved in their direction and began shouting that they were thieves. One of the strangers turned back and fired upon Wani, silencing him forever. His relative rushed to the village and narrated that a militant had fired upon Wani. Residents rushed to the spot and took the critically wounded Wani silently to a hospital in Pampore, where he breathed his last. The poor farmer was buried quietly at his ancestral graveyard as nobody mustered courage to stage a demonstration like the one witnessed against Army on July 22 last. During the night intervening July 21 and 22, troops of Rashtriya Rifles 50 Bn had gunned down 16- year-old Pervez Ahmed Dar S-o Bashir Ahmed Dar R-o Kangan, Pulwama, most probably mistaking him for a militant. Troops had later maintained that Dar got killed in 'crossfiring' when he was running away with a fleeing militant. Even as DC Pulwama had ordered an inquiry, Pulwama residents had put up massive demonstrations and demanded punishment to the troopers responsible for an innocent, young civilian's killing. Two days later, troops shot dead three young boys in similar circumstances at Bungargund in Kupwara district. Again, there were massive protests, followed by institution of three separate inquiries by the Government. Meanwhile, sources said that Police and residents recovered the bullet-riddled dead body of the dreaded Hizbul Mujahideen commander Mushtaq Ahmed Khan alias Shahnawaz S-o Habibullah Khan R-o Kandiwara, Kokernag from Kachwari in Acchabal-Kokernag belt of south Kashmir today. While no statement was immediately available from the militant organisations, officials maintained that Shahnawaz had been killed in a 'group clash' by the militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba. DIG south Kashmir, Sheikh Owais Ahmed, said that Police or security forces had not launched any operation in Achhabal-Kokernag belt during last night. According to him, it was widely believed that militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba had shot dead the Hizbul Mujahideen militant. Police have recovered the dead body of a 50-year-old civilian, Ghulam Qadir Sofi S-o Mohammad Sultan Sofi R-o Tauheed Gunj Baramulla from the same locality. It was not immediately clear as to how the civilian had died. Quoting a spokesman of Al- Badar, CNS reported that militants of the outfit had attacked a camp of RR 22 Bn at Zainageer Tujjar Sharief in Baramulla district, killing two soldiers and leaving five more injured. Official sources insisted that there was no casualty.