Ex-Ikhwan chief gunned down in Sumbal
17 June 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen, believed to be militants, have gunned down a former 'Chief Commander' of the counter-insurgent Ikhwanul Muslimoon in Naidkhai village of Sumbal in north Kashmir. Meanwhile, a constable had been arrested for operating a black ticketing business for a helicopter in Baltal-Cave sector and Rs 1,09,000 have been seized from him. Informed sources said that Ghulam Ahmed Hurrah alias Gamgeen S-o Ghulam Rasool Hurrah R-o Poshwari Naidkhai wanted to buy a currency garland for a bridegroom in his relation in the forenoon today. A shopkeeper told him that he would make the garland but he had no fresh currency notes required for the same. Thereafter Gamgeen, alongwith his brother-in-law, went to the local branch of a bank and he arranged fresh currency notes. No sooner did Gamgeen and his brother-in-law board a horsecart than a suspected militant opened targeted fire, killing him on the spot. The horsecart driver sustained a minor injury. The gunman vanished in a seconds of the shootout. Sources said that Gamgeen was basically from Jamaat-e- Islami background obviously with close rapport with Hizbul Mujahideen. When late Kukka Parray established the counter-insurgent organisation, Ikhwanul Muslimoon, and eliminated a large number of Hizbul Mujahideen militants and Jamaat-e-Islami activists, Gamgeen bought peace and joined Ikhwan in 1996-97. He even functioned as 'Chief Commander' of the terror group in Kukka Parray's absence for some time. However, after most of the Ikhwan commanders, including the founders Kukka Parray and Javed Shah, were eliminated by militants and Hizbul Mujahideen re-captured the one time Ikhwan bastion, Gamgeen had given up counter-insurgency and had been living at his home without any protection. Residents said that some Hizbul Mujahideen and Jamaat functionaries had granted him clemency and he had been staying in the area on their assurances. His killing is still believed to be the handiwork of militants as it did not evoke any protest as usual. Sources said that Gamgeen was perhaps the last known commander of Ikhwan in north Kashmir to get killed by militants. All of the counter-insurgent groups commanders, as also most of the cadres, have been wiped out by militants in the last four years even as some of them are believed to have been eliminated by the forces patronising them for years. Meanwhile, residents in Pampore alleged that SHO Manzoor of Police Station Pampore occupied the residential house of late Ghulam Mohammad Charu, threw away the family members, including young children, and gave the house into the possession of SOG. Residents alleged that SHO Manzoor has let loose a reign of terror in Pampore while cultivating an army of extortionists in the saffron town. Meanwhile, SP Ganderbal Hans Raj Parihar today arrested and suspended one constable Fayaz alias Dr Fayaz of Ganderbal area after it was established that he had been obtaining helicopter tickets and selling the same to Amarnathji pilgrims on exorbitant rates in Baltal-Cave sector. Police sources said that the constable had been running this illegal business with the involvement of some officials of Himalayan Jackson, a private company hired by JKTD for running the helicopter operation. SP Ganderbal confirmed that the delinquent official was arrested on the spot in Baltal, Rs 1,09,000 were seized from his possession, was placed under suspension and an FIR had been registered against him. He said that in certain cases, it was found that the constable had got Rs 9,000 to Rs 10,000 for each ticket from the pilgrims though he had himself got the same for the fixed rate of Rs 7,500.