Two Hizb modules busted, 15 arrested
7 June 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Police today claimed to have arrested 15 'outsourced' militants and thus solved two IED blasts that had occurred in Baramulla and Sopore towns in March and May this year. Both the trapped militants of Hizbul Mujahideen have been, meanwhile, eliminated by security forces in an overnight gunbattle at Tumlahal village in Pulwama district. While addressing a news conference here this afternoon, DIG North Kashmir, Dr B Srinivas, revealed that after a great deal of surveillance and investigation, police had finally succeeded in solving two IED blasts, besides killing of three persons, in recent times in Baramulla-Sopore belt. He claimed that Police had arrested 15 overground operatives and thus neutralised two deadly modules of Hizbul Mujahideen. He claimed that Hizbul Mujahideen's 'District Commander' Tanvir Ahmed Zargar S-o Ghulam Mustafa Zargar R-o Bagh-e- Islam, Imtiaz Ahmed Khan S-o Abdur Rasheed Khan R-o Kakar Hamam and Khalid Shah alias Suhail of Sopore had engaged the 15-odd overground operatives and executed a number of subversive acts through them. DIG claimed that with the arrest of 15 'outsourced militants', who had mostly accepted and carried out the terrorist contracts for consideration of money, police had succeeded in solving the murder case of the senior Congress leader Jan Mohammad Kakroo, Constable Mohammad Hanief and an Army soldier who had all been gunned down by militants in Baramulla town in the last two months. He claimed that two automatic pistols and a quantity of liquefied explosives had been seized on the disclosures of the detained militant operatives in Baramulla-Sopore belt. DIG said that with these arrests, Police had fully solved the March 16th, 2007, blast that had left two persons dead and seven wounded at Uri Bus Stand in Baramulla, as also May 31st blast that left one person dead and 10 others injured in Baramulla town. Dr Srinivas said that both the IED blasts had been caused by the Hizbul Mujahideen militants with cellphones. Mediapersons were stunned when detained class 4th employee of Public Health Engineering Department, Mushtaq Ahmed Lala of Khwaja Sahib locality, explained in detail how an IED could be activated with particular settings and dialing of a set number with mobile phone. DIG said that most of the detainees had spilled the beans without any kind of torture and revealed significant details of their operations and networks. He said that the modules had been organised in a meticulous way to ensure that operatives of one group did not know anything about those of another group. Police announced the arrest of 15 youth amid a fortnight-long poster campaign by Army, seeking information regarding the presence of Tanvir, Imtiaz and Suhail. In handbills pasted at many places in Baramulla town, Army has announced cash reward of Rs 5 Lakh each to anybody whose tip off resulted in the arrest or killing of the three most wanted militants. DIG Srinivas said that the pistols seized had been established as the same that had been used in the assassination of Kakroo and two Police and Army personnel. He said that the liquid explosive substance, most likely acetone, had been sent to FSL for a forensic examination. On the basis of the revelations purportedly made by the detainees, DIG explained how the 'outsourced militants' of the two Hizbul Mujahideen modules had procured, fabricated, carried, planted and detonated the two powerful IEDs with mobile phones at Uri Bus Stand, in Baramulla town, on March 16th, and at Chinkipora Sopore on May 31st. The Chinkipora IED had been planted in a handcart. He said that Tanvir, Imtiaz and Suhail have been top wanted militants in Baramulla for the last 18 months as they have been involved in a large number of subversive activities. DIG identified the detainees as Mushtaq Ahmed Lala, Tariq Ahmed Banday, Mohammad Iqbal Wani, Riyaz Ahmed Dhobi, Khursheed Ahmed Hajjam, Nazir Ahmed Bhat, Bashir Ahmed Parray, Ishfaq Ahmed Kaloo, Munir Ahmed Gojri, Tanvir Ahmed Bhat, Mussadiq Mustafa, Bilal Ahmed Shah, Fayaz Ahmed Dar and Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, all from different town and peripheral localities of Baramulla and Sopore. Meanwhile, overnight gunbattle between militants and security forces has ended with the death of both the holed up militants at Tumlahal, on Pulwama-Bijbehara Road. They have been identified as Gul Mohammad alias Zaffarul Islam alias Sabzar S-o Ghulam Qadir Rather R-o Niklora and Farooq Ahmed Mantoo S-o Ghulam Hassan R-o Gund Handu Memendar Shopian. Gul Mohammad had recently escaped in injured condition from a gunbattle between militants and armed forces at Panjran, Pulwama. As already reported, troops of RR 55 Bn, CRPF and SOG Pulwama participated in the operation. A defence spokesman, meanwhile, claimed that in a search and destroy operation, troops of 18 RR busted two hideouts in Rangwar near Rednag in Kupwara district. The hideout yielded various warlike stores. The recovery includes three AK magazines, 270 rounds of AK ammunition, eight UBGL grenades, ten kg explosive, two IED switches, 80 batteries and groceries and assorted utensils.