3 militants shot dead in Mahore
30 November 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Three top militants of Hizbul Mujahideen including a 'battalion commander' were gunned down by Army and police at Mahore in Reasi police district while three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) ultras including two 'commanders' today surrendered before Doda police along with arms and ammunition. Troops of 59 Rashtriya Rifles and police launched a joint search operation at village Deval in Mahore area of Reasi police district in early hours of this morning after developing an information that three militants had taken shelter in an abandoned dhok. SSP Reasi J L Sharma said Army and police surrounded the hide- out and asked the militants to surrender. However, the militants opened heavy firing, which was replied by the security personnel. After a heavy exchange of gun-fighting, all three militants were eliminated by Army and police without suffering any casualties on their side. Slain militants have been identified as Shabir Ahmed alias Tufail, a 'battalion commander' of Hizbul Mujahideen, Abdul Hamid alias Ashiq and Mohd Amin alias Zunaid son of Sultan Chopan, all residents of Gulabgarh. Shabir Ahmed and Mohd Amin were involved in killing a civilian and chopping off ears and nose of half a dozen persons at Neoch on the intervening night of June 14 and 15 this year, Mr Sharma said. Besides, the three slain ultras were also wanted in a series of militant activities in Gool-Gulabgarh-Mahore belt and their killings were a big setback to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, he added. In another setback to Lashkar-e-Toiba, whose three militants were killed at Dachan in Marwah area of Doda district few days back, three more hardcore militants of the outfit including two 'commanders' surrendered before Doda police at Dachan today, SSP Doda Manohar Singh said. He identified the militants, who surrendered following meetings held with their parents by Doda police, as Mohd Salim alias Abu Osama son of Abdul Samad R-o Hunzar, Dachan, a 'tehsil commander' of the outfit, Nazir Ahmed alias Abu Moosa son of Bhadar Wani R-o Nowgam, Marwah, a 'section commander' and Zahoor Ahmed alias Abu Saqib son of Ghulam Ahmed R-o Marwah. Salim and Nazir were active since 2001 while Zahoor Ahmed had joined militancy in early part of 2005. They handed over two AK rifles eight magazines, three hand grenades, 105 rounds and one wireless set at the time of surrender. DIG Udhampur-Doda range Lalat Indu Mohanty supervised the surrender. An Over Ground Worker of the militants, Ghulam Ali Dar, 35, son of Abdullah Dar R-o Khandwa, was arrested by security force from village Ratan in Doda. From a hide-out at Kalasant in Dudu area of Udhampur, security forces recovered one .303 rifle, one magazine, 10 rounds, five blankets and 130 kg ration.