January 2006 News

Missing Militant Gives The Police Sleepless Nights

20 January 2006
The Indian Express

Jammu: With just five days to go for Republic Day celebrations, the Jammu- Kashmir Police are faced with the major challenge of tracking down a Pakistani militant, who has disappeared under suspicious circumstance leaving behind his girlfriend Fozia in the Pargwal area of Jammu on Tuesday. Following revelations made by the girl that he also possessed arms and ammunition, including an AK 47 and three pistols, the police have already launched a major combing operation in Pargwal and its surrounding areas. They are also looking for the owner of motorcycle No. JK-02S-1966, which the militant used for bringing Fozia from Jammu to Pargwal. The girl said she had come to India on a valid passport with the militant, 24-year-old Amjad of Salamabad in Pakistan where they were neighbours. The girl also told her interrogators that Amjad had bought a grey-coloured dress, similar to the one worn by Special Security Guard (SSG) personnel responsible for the security of VVIPs, said a police official. Describing her stay in Delhi, she said they had even offered namaz at Jama Masjid. The girl, sources said, told the police that before leaving her at Pargwal, Amjad told her to return home after crossing the LoC as he was going on a mission where chances of his survival were minimal. From Delhi, they came to Jammu and stayed in a house until Tuesday morning when Amjad took out the motorcycle and asked her to accompany him back to Pakistan. Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Akhnoor, Ashok Sharma, said the police have intensified the search operation in the area and raids are being conducted to trace the missing militant. Quoting Fozia, he confirmed that duo had stayed at Jammu in the house of one Amjal. However, the girl has expressed helplessness in identifying the locality, saying that Amjad used to intoxicate her all the time. However, police officials are not swallowing all the revelations made by the girl, pointing out that she has been changing her statements frequently. 'At one point she said that Amjad had given her some sharbat at the railway station after drinking which she fell unconscious, and found herself in India when she regained consciousness.' 'She is mentally very tough and chances are that she too was involved in militant activities. Frequently changing statements may be part of some strategy,' the official said, adding that they are looking at all the aspects as they don't want to leave anything to chance.


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