Longest surviving Hizbul ultra surrenders in Doda
22 January 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: One of the longest surviving militant of Hizbul Mujahideen today surrendered before Doda police and Army while another ultra of the same outfit was gunned down in inter-gang rivalry by the LeT activists. A 'deputy tehsil commander' of Hizbul Mujahideen Abdul Hamid Malik alias Rehtul Islam (Set Code Momin) son of Abdul Rehman Malik , a resident of Cheera, Thathri, surrendered before 26 Rashtriya Rifles and police officers at Thathri this morning, SSP Doda Prithvi Raj Manhas said. He said the militant was among the few longest surviving militants in the State. He was operating in Doda district since September 1990 and was trained in Pakistan. He was wanted to police in a number of First Information Reports (FIRs) registered against him in different police stations of Doda. The militant surrendered along with one AK-56 rifle, two magazines, 50 rounds, one walkie-talkie, one Chinese grenade and one pouch. With Abdul Hamid Maliks surrender, a total of 10 militants have surrendered to Army and police in Doda district this month so far. Besides surrenders, five militants were gunned down by security forces and police while two others were killed in inter-gang rivalry. Slain militants included a divisional commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba and a tehsil commander of Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HUJI). In addition to a large quantity of arms and ammunition, police and Army have also recovered 90 kg RDX this month including 25 kg RDX which was recovered from Doda town the other day. On the disclosures made by surrendered militants, three hide-outs have been busted at Tanta. Meanwhile, security forces today recovered dead body of a hardcore Hizbul Mujahideen militant Mohd Sain, 28, son of Qasim Din Bakerwal R-o Kither, Bunjwah. The body was lying at Mahasha Ghati, about nine kms from Gandoh and was recovered by a security forces petrol party at 12 noon. Mohd Sain was a Pak-trained militant operating in Doda district since 2001 and was believed to have been killed by the LeT militants. His weapon was also taken away by the rival group. Security forces and police have launched a search operation in the area to look for the militants. Body of the slain militant has been handed over to his family. Security forces have arrested a suspect Mohd Shafi Wani son of Ghulam Mohd Wani from Neel Top in Doda. From his house, some ammunition was recovered. Rajouri police destroyed a hide-out of the militants at Deri Liot in Manjakote area today and recovered one sniper rifle with telescope, one magazine and 20 rounds. The police party was led by DySP Headquarters K S Jasrotia. Security forces detected and defused a landmine in forward village of Manyari in Samba tehsil.