3 top Hizbul militants surrender
20 January 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: In a major success, Army and police this evening seized 25 kg RDX, two AK rifles and ammunition from a house in Doda town and arrested two persons, averting, a possible terror attack in Doda on the eve of Republic Day while three Hizbul Mujahideen militants including two section commanders surrendered before Army and police at Thathri in Kishtwar today. Official sources said troops of 10 Rashtriya Rifles and Doda police raided the house of 56 year old Mohd Subhan at Deri Bagh in Doda town this evening after developing a specific information that arms and explosives had been dumped in his house. Police parties, which were led by SSP Doda Prithvi Raj Manhas and SP Doda (Operations) Varinder Sharma, discovered a well-furnished hideout under cow shed in Mohd Subhans house. The hideout, which was electrified and had wooden furniture including beds, was enough to accommodate five to six militants. Army and police teams recovered 25 kg RDX, two AK rifles, two magazines and 58 rounds, three mobile hand sets including two Nokia make and one LG, on remote controlled IED and one Kenwood radio set from the hide-out. Two mobile telephones had BSNL SIM cards and were in working condition, the sources said. Mohd Subhan and his son Akhter Nawaz were arrested from the house. They have been sent for questioning to ascertain identity of the militants, who had been using the hide-out. Preliminary investigations revealed that RDX had been dumped in Doda town to carry out a strike on Republic Day. Meanwhile, three Hizbul Mujahideen militants including two section commander today surrendered before the Commander of 9 Rashtriya Rifles Sector, SSP Doda Prithvi Raj Manhas and SP Doda (Operations) Varinder Sharma at Thathri in Kishtwar tehsil of Doda district. The militants, who surrendered, have been identified as Safdar Hussain Magray alias Tahir Inqullabi R-o Gugra, Thathri, Taskeen Ahmed son of Ghulam Hussain R-o Gagyala, Thathri and Mohd Rafiq alias Khalid Mansoor son of Bashir Ahmed R-o Joura, Thathri. Safdar and Taskeen were section commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen. While Safdar was among the oldest militants as he was active in militancy for last more than 15 years. Taskeen and Rafiq were active militants since 2001 and 2003 respectively. The arms, ammunition and explosives handed over by the militants at the time of surrender include one Pika gun with one box full of magazines and 267 rounds, one AK-47 rifle with three magazines and 40 rounds, one Chinese pistol with one magazine and four rounds, one .303 rifles with one magazine and 40 rounds, one rocket, one I Com radio set, one walkie-talkie and three Chinese hand grenades. 'The Rashtriya Rifles battalion at Thathri has been successful in neutralising a number of militants in this area over last one year including 16 from Hizbul Mujahideen alone. The battalion has also endeavoured to reach out to the militants through their family members to motivate them to surrender', the Defence sources said.