Villagers hack militant to death in Mendhar
15 December 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Taking cudgels against militants, local people of village Chandiyal in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district hacked to death an Al-Badr militant of Pakistan after he along with his associate kidnapped a young girl from her house. The second militant, however, gunned down the girl before fleeing from the spot. In other incidents, Doda police gunned down two Hizbul Mujahideen militants this evening at Thanala, Bhadarwah while two Bangladeshi exfiltrators were gunned down by Border Security Force (BSF) when they were trying to exfiltrate to Pakistan through fencing in Arnia sector. IGP Jammu Dr Shesh Pal Vaid said a Pakistani militant Ishtiyaq of Al Badr was killed by the villagers at Chandiyal last night. This was an encouraging sign and a clear indication that people were coming forwards boldly against the militants, he added. Official reports said two militants entered into the house of Mohd Misri at village Chandiyal in Sangiot area under the jurisdiction of Gursai police station in Mendhar tehsil last night and kidnapped his young daughter Gulshan Bano. Bano's brother Bablu sounded the neighbours as the militants left their house. A number of people carrying rods and 'kulharas' chased the militants and intercepted them nearly half a kilometer from the house of Misri. People caught hold of one of the militant and hacked him to death. His associated, while fleeing to survive wrath of the angry villagers, fired upon Gulshan Bano killing her on spot. The second militant managed to escape under the cover of darkness. Villagers also snatched one AK-56 rifle, one pistol, a radio set and ammunition from the slain militant. Slain militant has been identified as Ishtiyaq, an activist of Al-Badr outfit. Security forces have launched a search operation to eliminate the militant, who escaped from the village. Official sources said this was after a long time that the villagers boldly faced the militants and killed one of them without fearing for their lives as both ultras were equipped with AK rifles. Sources said names of the villagers, who killed the militant, are being recommended for cash reward. Some of them are likely to be recruited as Special Police Officers (SPOs) and Village Defence Committee (VDC) members, they added. Body of Gulshan Bano was buried this evening after post-mortem. A large number of local people and officials joined her burial. Reports said strong resentment prevailed among the villagers over the killing of young girl by the militants. Doda police and troops of 4 Rashtriya Rifles shot dead two Hizbul Mujahideen militants at village Thanala in Bhadarwah tehsil of Doda district this evening after a two hour long fierce gun-fighting. SSP Doda Manohar Singh said the operations was launched on a specific information of two militants' presence at Thanala this evening. Army and police killed both of them without suffering any casualties on their side. Police party in the operation was led by SHO Bhaderwah Inspector Ajay Jamwal. Slain militants have been identified as Shahid Hussain son of Noor Mohd R-o Basti, Bhadarwah and Abdul Hafiz Batt alias Hikmatyar son of Bashir Ahmed Batt R-o Thanala, Bhadarwah. Recoveries made from their possession include one sniper rifles, three magazines, 34 rounds and one .303 rifles besides a large quantity of incriminating documents. Meanwhile, jawans of BSF's 52 battalion noticed two exfiltrators trying to breach fencing to cross over to Pakistan from Arnia sector last night. As the exfiltrators didn't stop even after being challenged, they were gunned down by the security personnel. Bodies of the jawans were recovered this morning from the fencing. Both of them were Bangladeshis. Some currency was recovered from their possession. SSP Border Rajinder Gupta visited the spot and sent the bodies for post-mortem. Identity of slain Bangladeshis has not been established so far. Militants snatched a .303 rifle from a VDC member and beat-up his family at village Jaglanu in Rajouri district last night. Three militants entered into the house of Mohd Sadiq at Jaglanu and beat-up his daughter Sabina and son Arif. They escaped along with .303 rifle of the VDC member.