Two HM Commanders Surrender In Doda
29 August 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Two Hizbul Mujahideen commanders today surrendered before Rashtriya Rifles and police at Doda along with arms and ammunition. They included a 'deputy district commander' and a 'tehsil commander' of the outfit.The militants, who surrendered before senior officers of Army and police, have been identified as Abdul Rashid alias Jahangir son of Gulab Din R-o Shamdlain, Gandoh and Bashir Ahmed alias Billal son of Ghulam Hussain R-o Kounthal. While Jahangir was a 'deputy district commander' of Hizbul Mujahideen, Billal was a 'section commander'. SSP Doda Manohar Singh said the Hizbul commanders surrendered along with two AK-56 rifles, 10 magazines, 300 rounds, one wireless set and one pouch. Jahangir was 'A' category Pakistan trained militant and was active in militancy since 1996 while Billal was trained in Kashmir and was operating in Doda since 1998. Both militants were active in upper reaches of Doda and were involved in a series of subversive activities during their 10 years of operation. They were instrumental in attacks on security forces, kidnappings and extortion from civilians. They were wanted in a number of cases registered against them in different police stations of Doda district. After laying down their arms, the militants said they were fed up with torture of local militants and civilians by the foreign mercenaries. They sent feelers to security forces and police through some former Panchayat members that they want to lead a peaceful life. Their offer for surrender was accepted by police after it was confirmed through sources that they want to shun the path of violence. With today's surrenders, a total of eight militants have given up militancy in Doda district this month. They include five from Hizbul Mujahideen and three from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit. Sources said they were receiving more offers of surrenders from local cadre of Hizbul Mujahideen. However, their surrenders will be accepted only after proper verifications. Meanwhile, the militants, who surrendered today, have been sent for questioning to ascertain details about hide-outs of the militants. A suspect was arrested by security forces at Jamlan in Gool area of Ramban district alongwith one hand grenade, three AK magazines and one diary. Troops recovered one Chinese pistol, one magazine, 67 AK rounds, six Pak made grenades, two UBGL grenades, half kg explosives and one Nokia mobile handset from Sagrawat Nala in Thanna Mandi area of Rajouri district.