BSF soldier killed in Tral, two militants surrender
27 January 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Even as suspected militants made unsuccessful grenade attacks on the house of a PDP MLA and a CRPF unit, one soldier of BSF got killed in an IED blast in Tral area of Pulwama district today. Meanwhile, Police in Ganderbal area claimed to have arrested some operatives of Lashkar-e-Toiba with the seizure of their weapons. Informed sources told the Excelsior that an IED blast took place on Quil-Shikargah Road in Tral area this evening when a patrol party of BSF 53 Bn was returning from Quil to its formation at Shikargah. Head Constable Kashyap Raj got killed. Reports said that troops fired gunshots in the air but the militants in ambush vanished successfully. Later in the evening, militants tossed a hand grenade towards a CRPF unit at Hanuman Mandir near Amirakadal in Civil Lines here. Officials said that it exploded close to the intended target. However, there was no damage. A Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman told some local newspapers over telephone that the militants of his organisation had attacked security forces in Tral and Amirakadal, causing damage to their targets. Sources said that during last night suspected militants lobbed a hand grenade on the CRPF-guarded house of a PDP leader and MLA of Shangus, Pir Mohammad Hussain, at Thajiwara Kadpora in Anantnag district. Again, it failed to cause any serious damage. Sources said that two senior militants of Hizbul Mujahideen laid down their arms before SSP Anantnag at the district headquarters today. They were identified as 'company commander' Mushtaq Ahmed Haroo alias Adil of Pushwara and 'section commander' Zahoor Ahmed Itoo alias Saahil R-o Jalkreeri, Dooru. Active since 2001, the militant duo was allegedly responsible for a number of civilian killings besides numerous attacks on security forces. Officials claimed that the surrender was a 'major setback' to Hizbul Mujhideen. Earlier, at least three militants, including a senior commander posted in Doda district, had laid down their arms before Police and security forces in Anantnag this week. Police in Ganderbal claimed that it had busted a network of Lashkar-e-Toiba while claiming arrest of some militants of the organisation. It said that Shabir Ahmed Mir S-o Ghulam Mohd Mir R-o Kachhnumbal was arrested in his village on a tip off. During interrogation, he identified other members of his group as Mushtaq Ahmed Rather S-o Abdus Salam Rather R-o Arikangan, Ghulam Nabi Wani S-o Ghulam Mohammad Wani of Arikangan and Abdul Hameed Bhat S-o Abdul Jabbar Bhat R-o Kachhnumbal. Police sources said that all members of the gang were arrested. They admitted that on behalf of Lashkar-e-Toiba, these 'militants' had been operating in Kangan-Ganderbal belt. SP Ganderbal said that one pistol and eight grenades were recovered from their possession.