Ultra Surrenders, Another Killed
7 January 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: A top Hizbul Mujahideen militant today surrendered before Army and police in Bhaderwah while another ultra of Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HUJI) was gunned down by security forces in Chatru area of Doda district. Two youths were tonight injured reportedly in an incident of firing by the militants at Tanwa, about 21 kms from Reasi on Reasi- Shiv Khori road.SSP Reasi J L Sharma said details of the incident are being verified. A police team has reached the spot for investigations. It was being ascertained as to whether the firing was resorted to by the militants, he added. Possibility of the militant attack has not been ruled out though there was not much presence of militants in the area, Mr Sharma said. Details of the incident revealed that five youths were travelling in a Maruti Van No. 3565 JK14 back to Reasi from Shiv Khori. They were travelling behind a three ton vehicle of the Army. The Van was fired upon at about 8 pm causing bullet injuries to two youths while three others escaped unhurt. The victims were driven to Reasi where they were given first aid and referred to the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu. Injured have been identified as Subash Singh son of Balbir Singh R-o Udhampur and Ashwani Verma son of Anant Ram R-o Shiv Khori, Reasi. Late tonight, Army sources said seven Army jawans were also injured in the firing. SSP Doda Prithvi Raj Manhas said a Hizbul Mujahideen 'section commander' surrendered before the officers of 4 Rashtriya Rifles and SP Bhaderwah Ashok Sharma this morning. He has been identified as Aijaz Ahmed Keemu alias Adil son of Abdul Rashid Keemu R-o Arnala, Bhaderwah. He handed over two Chinese grenades at the time of surrender. The militant decided to surrender following mounting pressure by security forces in Bhaderwah. Some elderly people also motivated him to give up arms. Adil was an active militant since 1999. He had recently been elevated as 'section commander' of Hizbul Mujahideen for executing the tasks assigned to him 'successfully. The militant was brought to Doda this evening for sustained questioning. Police was anticipating arrests or elimination of some militants on the disclosures of Adil. More recoveries were also expected of him. Adil has become fourth top militant to surrender in Doda district in less than a month. While two top Hizbul Mujahideen militants including a 'divisional commander' and a 'section commander' had surrendered in Bhaderwah ending last month, another Hizbul militant had surrendered in Thathri a couple of days back. A HUJI militant was gunned down by Army and police in an encounter at village Marmola in Chatru area of Kishtwar tehsil in Doda this evening. The militant, identified as Firdous Ahmed alias Ali Sher son of Ghulam Rasool R-o Markhal, Moolshhaiter, was killed after a fierce one hour long gun-battle with the security personnel. Police party in the operation was supervised by SP Kishtwar Pankaj Magoo. One AK-47 rifle, two magazines and 20 rounds were recovered from the scene of encounter. Possibility of one or two associates of Firdous Ahmed having managed to escape during the encounter was not ruled out, the sources said. Firdous had joined HUJI about eight months back. Prior to that, he was an activist of Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit. A suspect Suleman R-o Jor was arrested by security forces at Kalakote in Rajouri last night. Some incriminating documents were recovered from him. Security forces have handed him over to police for questioning. Security forces and police recovered a consignment of arms and ammunition from Jordh and Broh forest areas under the jurisdiction of Kalakote police station in Rajouri district today. Recoveries include one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, 25 rounds, four blankets, one 'tarpal', one battery, 19 pencils cells and some eatables. A police party of Akhnoor police station led by SHO Bharat Sharma under the supervision of SDPO Ashok Sharma and SOG Jammu recovered arms and ammunition from Kali Dobi Top in Chowki Chowra area of Akhnoor tehsil today. The consignment included one AK-47 rifle, three magazines, two grenades, one I Com wireless set, 28 rounds and one battery.