January 2006 News

Hizb Network Busted In City

10 January 2006
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: A Hizbul Mujahideen network, planning strikes in the City here on or before Republic Day, was busted tonight by Jammu Police and Special Operations Group (SOG), Jammu with the arrest of three militants. A massive search operation was on to apprehend 'leader' of the militants, who was reported to be hiding in Ramban, official sources told the Excelsior.Developing a specific information, a joint team of Jammu Police and SOG apprehended a Hizbul Mujahideen militant Anwar Shah from Krishna Nagar locality where he had taken shelter in a house this evening. Shah hailed from Ramban tehsil of Doda district. Shah was immediately whisked away to a safe house where he was subjected to sustained interrogation by police and SOG officials. He disclosed during questioning that he had been deputed here by three Hizbul Mujahideen militants from Ramban including a HM 'commander' Iftiyaar Ahmed. Shah had been asked to carry out recee of the City till the arrival of two more militants after which they had to give a final touch to their plan to carry out strike in the City. Two militants had to bring explosive devices with them. After ascertaining identity of the militants, Jammu Police tonight flashed a message to their counterparts in Ramban and sought the help of Army in apprehending the militants. Late night reports indicated that two militants of Hizbul outfit were arrested from Ramban by security forces and police from a hide-out whose location was identified by Anwar Shah. The militants are being brought here under tight security. Though identity of the militants, arrested in Ramban couldn't be ascertained immediately, they were known with their code names as Rafiq and Altaf. They too were residents of Ramban. Sources said raids are now being conducted to arrest Iftiyaar, who was the only militant at large in a network of four, who had been assigned the task of targeting Jammu City by the Hizbul leadership. Some explosive devices including grenades, arms and ammunition were reported to have been recovered from the militants, the details of which were awaited, the sources said, adding the explosive material seized from them was meant to be used in the City here on or before the Republic Day. Sustained and cross-questioning of the militants is expected to give police vital clues about Hizbul Mujahideen's plans to strike here. According to sources, the Hizbul plot, originating from Ramban, to trigger blasts in the City on the eve of January 26 has been foiled. However, a possibility of some more militants, hailing from other parts of the State and active here, was not ruled out. 'Even after busting one network, we are maintaining a constant vigil in the City to ensure smooth functioning of Republic Day celebrations', the sources said.


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