3 Top LeT Militants Shot Dead In Kupwara
27 August 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Three militants of Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were gunned down in a fierce encounter in Kashmir valley where security forces foiled a plan to carry out blasts when they arrested an activist of Al-Badr alongwith grenades and mines.An official spokesman said that Special Operation Group (SOG) of State Police and 2 Para launched a joint operation at a Lolab Valley village in the frontier district of Kupwara. During the operation an encounter ensued in which three militants of LeT were killed. The spokesman said that one of the slain militant was identified as Umar Khalid a self styled district commander. The other two were identified as Chacha and Ahsanullah. Three AK rifles, 11 magzines, four hand grenades, 108 rounds of ammunition, seven remote control devices, 11 detonators, three wireless sets, one mobile phone and one pistol were recovered from the slain militants. Meanwhile, Police claimed to have foiled a militant plan to carry out blasts when they arrested an activist of Al-Badr alongwith grenades and mines in north Kashmir. Superintendent of Police (SP), Handwara, Dr Haseeb Mughal said acting on specific information, a special naka was established at Salganzer Zachaldara in the frontier district of Kupwara during which one suspect namely Mohammed Iqbal Wagay, son of Abdul Rehman Wagay of Nelow Adoora Kulgam was apprehended. From his search, police recovered three UBGL grenades, two anti-personnel mines (APM) and some incriminating documents were recovered. Wagay had concealed the grenades and mines in a boot pack, Dr Mughal said, adding during the questioning, he admitted that he was working for Al-Badr and was given the task to take the consignment from Kulgam to Rajwar. He had earlier visited Bowan, Khaipora and Wadder areas of Rajwar thrice in last month. Meanwhile, Police thwarted a possible communal clash when they swiftly arrested a person for kidnapping and raping a girl of the majority community. Giving details about the incident, SP Handwara said, a report was lodged in a police station that a first year student, daughter of Mohammad Maqbool Khan from Khar Mohalla, Pringroo was abducted by a youth identified as Raju. To nab the accused and recover the girl, special police squads were formed and rushed to different places. Similarly, raids were conducted at Baramulla, Kangan, Ganderbal and Rafiabad. Dr Mughal said during investigation, the accused was identified as constable Satish Kumar alias Raju of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP) 12th Battalion, presently posted at Sub-Jail Reasi, Jammu. He said all police stations were informed about the incident and finally Raju, a Kashmiri Pandit, resident of Wussan Kangan, Ganderbal, was arrested at village Gund, Kangan. Dr Mughal said the medical examination of the girl confirmed that she was raped. The girl was handed over to her parents, he said.