Two HM activists among 6 exfiltrators arrested
15 July 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: In yet another grenade attack at a crowded place today, militants lobbed a grenade at Beehama Chowk in Ganderbal, en-route Amarnath Yatra, killing one civilian and injuring six others. People took to streets against the attack and protested demanding identification of the killers, who have been unleashing terror on civilians. A Lashkar- e-Toiba militant was killed in an encounter with troopers at Kulgam. Police also foiled an exfiltration bid in Lolab, Kupwara and arrested six persons, including two HM activists. In the continuing violence targeted at civilians, as per the sources, one person was killed and six others injured, when suspected militants hurled a grenade in a crowded market place of Beehama Chowk in Ganderbal today. According to sources, militants at around 1305 hours lobbed a grenade towards the picket of 152 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Beehama Chowk. The grenade missed the intended target and exploded on the roadside, claiming one civilian and injuring six others. The deceased was identified as Ghulam Ahmad Khan 50, son of Azeem-ud-din Khan of Beehama, Ganderbal. The injured, who were immediately hospitalized, were identified as Ghulam Mohammed Rather, Abdur Rasheed Rather, both from Ganderbal, Altaf Ahmed Gujri of Tulmulla, Aijaz Ahmed Dar of Chadoora, Abdur Rehman Sheikh, Mohammed Yaseen of Armpora Ganderbal. People, soon after the blast, took to streets and protested against the attack on civilians. Hundreds of protestors blocked the Srinagar National Highway, which is also used by the pilgrims going to the Amarnath cave shrine for hours together. Shouting slogans against the attackers, the protestors urged upon the Government to identify them and punish them severely. One Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed in an encounter at Kulgam during the preceding night, sources said. Defense sources said that troops of 9RR laid an ambush for the suspected militants in Mahabhan in Kulgam, during which they noticed suspicious movement. Sources said that the troopers challenged the suspect, who in turn opened fire at them. The fire was returned and in the ensuing gunfight, one militant was killed who was identified as Abu Abdullah of Pakistan affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba. Troops recovered two identity cards - one bearing name of Nazeer Ahmed Tantray of Hapat Nar Pahalgam while other having a Pakistani address with name as Azhar Iqbal of Lahore, Pakistan from the possession of the slain militant. One AK rifle and some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site. Sources said that Army averted a major tragedy by detecting a 2.5-kg IED placed in a gas cylinder at Sathoo Anantnag, which was later defused by a bomb disposal squad. Meanwhile, police today claimed to have foiled an ex- filtration bid by arresting four young children besides two activists of Hizbul Mujahideen from Lolab Kupwara. SP Awantipora, Sardar Khan said that Police had specific information about six persons of the area including four young kids in the age group of 9- 10 attempting to cross LoC via Lolab for seeking arms training. A special team of the Police was formed that left for Kupwara and in coordination with Kupwara Police arrested all the six from a mosque in a far flung village of Lolab, the SP said. Identifying the children as Sabzar Ahmed Bhat, son of Mohammed Akbar of Gund Tral, Aadil Hussain Mir, son of Nazir Ahmed of Noorabad Tral, Aaqib Ahmed Mir, son of Mohammed Maqbool and Mushtaq Ahmed Shah, son of Nazir Ahmed, both of Malar Tral, the SP said that they were threatened and also lured on the promises of paying money and taken along by two Hizb militants to cross into Pakistani part of Kashmir for seeking training in arms. Police identified the other two arrested persons as Ali Mohammed Kumar and Merajudin Khanday claiming that both were Hizbul Mujahideen cadres. The children have been handed over to their families while as the Hizbul men are being interrogated, Mr Khan said.