Two Hizbul Commanders Killed In J&K Encounters With Security Forces
30 October 2005
The Times of India
Srinagar: Two self-styled commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in separate encounters while terrorists shot dead a contractor and made an abortive attempt to set off an explosion at a crowded market in Jammu and Kashmir since Saturday night, a police spokesman said on Sunday. An explosive device planted by terrorists in a briefcase was recovered by a police party from the main market at Ganderbal on the outskirts of Srinagar on Sunday morning, the spokesman said. He said the timely detection of the explosive foiled terrorists' bid to set off a massive blast in the crowded market. Had the device exploded, it could have caused huge casualty, the spokesman added. In another successful operation, the spokesman said, a self-styled divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Taj Pahalwan was killed in an encounter with security forces at Peer Bali in Surankote area of Poonch district on Sunday. The deceased was the oldest surviving terrorist in the area, active for last eight to nine years, he said adding, a large quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from him. Security forces gunned down the area commander of Hizbul Fareed Hussain alias Haris in an encounter at Tandla in Gandoh area of Doda district on Sunday morning, the spokesman said. He said terrorists shot dead a contractor Mohammad Yousuf Qazi when he was boarding his car at Khimber-Zakoora on the outskirts of Srinagar on Saturday night. Qazi, a resident of New Theed locality of Harwan, was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead, he added. Residents of New Theed demonstrated against the killing on Sunday, blocking traffic on the main road.