HUJI activist gunned down by Hizbul cadre
9 July 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: An activist of Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HUJI) was shot dead by the Hizbul Mujahideen cadre in his house at Bhandarkoot in Kishtwar tehsil of Doda district last night while a top militant was arrested by security forces at Safa Pani in Banihal. In a search operation, security forces and police recovered four AK-47 rifle, eight wireless sets, 12 rocket launchers and other ammunition in Surankote tehsil of Poonch district. Official sources said two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit struck in the house of a HUJI Over Ground Worker, Ghulam Din alias Siruri son of Nizam-ud-Din at village Balara, about 10 kms from Bhandarkoot in Kishtwar tehsil of Doda district last night. They dragged out Ghulam Din and fired two shots on him killing him on spot. The militants escaped after the killing. Body of Ghulam Din was recovered this morning and was sent for post- mortem. It was handed over to Din's family this afternoon for burial. Sources described the killing as a result of 'inter-gang feud' between HUJI and Hizbul Mujahideen. However, Din had left militancy for past quite sometime and was living a peaceful life. A police party reached the spot this morning and launched a search operation for the militants involved in the killing, who were believed to be locals. Troops arrested a militant from village Safa Pani in Banihal tehsil of Ramban police district on an information given by Military Intelligence and Jammu Kashmir Police (JKP). The militant has been identified as Bashir Ahmed Gujjar, 33, son of Mohd Ibrahim, a resident of village Karazu in Ghariot area of Banihal tehsil. He was a top militant of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. Troops have handed him over to Banihal police station for questioning. Security forces and police destroyed a hide-out of the militants at Handel Nar in Hill Kaka area of Surankote tehsil in Poonch district last night and recovered four AK-47 rifles, eight wireless sets, 12 rocket launchers, 12 antennas and a large quantity of ammunition. One AK magazine, 98 rounds and one wireless set were recovered from Magri Top in Poonch. An encounter took place between jawans of 26 Border Security Force (BSF) and militants at Devli forest in Taryath area of Kalakote tehsil in Rajouri district early this morning. Exchange of firing between the two sides continued for two hours after which the militants escaped leaving behind one kg explosive, 38 detonators, one safety fuse and one Yesu radio set, the sources said. Additional re-enforcement has been rushed to the spot to eliminate the militants.