Two Hizbul militants surrender in Doda
18 January 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Two top militants of Hizbul Mujahideen including a deputy tehsil commander surrendered before Army and police after an encounter at Tanta under the jurisdiction of Gandoh police station in Doda district today. The militants handed over a large quantity of arms and ammunition at the time of surrender. SSP Doda Prithvi Raj Manhas said troops of 26 Rashtriya Rifles and police launched a joint search operation at Tanta in Gandoh area of Thathri in Doda district last night. The operation was based on a specific information that two hardcore militants of Hizbul Mujahideen had taken shelter in a house. After an hour long exchange of firing, the militants decided to give up. They sent feelers to police and security forces through local people that they wanted to surrender. The surrender was accepted this morning. The militants have been identified as Zafarullah son of Ghulam Haider, a resident of Batugra, a deputy tehsil commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and Shamas Din son of Abdul Lateef Mir, a resident of Kuthal, Tanta. After surrender, the militants handed over one AK-47 rifle with three magazines and 30 rounds, one Self Loading Rifle (SLR) with one magazine and 15 rounds, one Chinese hand grenade and one walkie talkie set. The surrendered militants were active in Gandoh and surrounding areas for last four to five years and were involved in a series of militant activities. They were wanted to police in a number of incidents, official sources said. Only few days back, security forces and police had eliminated two Hizbul Mujahideen militants including a district commander Atta Mohd in the same area. The spate of killings and surrenders by the Hizbul militants in Doda district during last one month has delivered a major setback to the outfit, the sources said. They disclosed that the surrendered militants have given police vital information about hide-outs and areas of operation of Hizbul militants including some commanders. Based on the information, search operations have been launched in different parts of the district to apprehend or eliminate the Hizbul cadre. More successful operations against the militants are expected in the coming days, they added. In another search operation, security forces recovered one pistol, one magazine, four pistol rounds and 40 AK rounds during a search operation at village Ghani in Mankote area of Poonch district last night.