Ultras reveal HM’s wide network in City
9 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Sustained interrogation of Nahida Altaf, a 21 year old third year Law student of Dogra Law College and Altaf Ahmed, both Hizbul Mujahideen militants and residents of Surankote, Poonch, arrested by SOG Jammu and police the other day, has revealed that militants have succeeded in creating a wide network within the Jammu City and its outskirts. While slain Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander and his injured associate Zaffar Iqbal, both Pakistanis were putting up in Hyderpora, Janipura, Nahida too had managed a hide-out at Main Stop Janipura and Fayyaz Ahmed Talakh alias Tallah, who had to receive explosives smuggled By Nahida, was putting up in a City hotel, Nahida disclosed during her questioning today that another top Hizbul Mujahideen ultra, Bhatti was putting up at Subash Nagar. Soon after Nahida’s disclosure, police raided Bhatti’s residence in the presence of Nahida but he had gone underground the day the Law student was apprehended, official sources said. Bhatti was a close confidant of Altaf Ahmed, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant and a resident of Gounthal, Surankote and also happened to be cousin of Nahida. According to sources, Bhatti wanted to marry Nahida and had approached her father Altaf Hussain, a head constable but the latter had refused as he was aware of ‘bad reputation’ of Bhatti while her daughter was studying Law. Sources said to take revenge of Altaf Hussain’s refusal, Bhatti was reported to have lured Nahida into militancy and made her to visit Altaf Ahmed and other Hizbul Mujahideen militants in Kot Bhalwal jail five to six times. It was Nahida’s meetings with Altaf Ahmed that she became a Hizbul activist. Bhatti was later reported to have told one of Nahida’s relative that now no body would marry the girl and it was her revenge with Nahida’s father who had refused to give hand of her daughter to him, sources said. They added that a search operation was on to apprehend Bhatti. For him, raids were being conducted in the City besides Surankote and other parts of Jammu. His arrest too was crucial in cracking entire network of Hizbul Mujahideen in the City. Bhatti’s house in Subash Nagar was also being used as an active hide- out of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and was frequented by the militants of Surankote and Mendhar during their trips to Jammu to create and strengthen outfit’s network in the City. Police also continued a hunt for Fayyaz Ahmed Talakh alias Tallah, the owner of Talakh Bakery at Lal Chowk, Anantnag and a canteen at Dayalgam Boys higher secondary school. His two brothers were today detained by local police to ascertain whereabouts of Talakh as his arrest could give police the details about exact target of the militants in the City. The grenade launcher (UBGL) and eight rifle grenades being smuggled by Nahida Altaf in a Maruti car from Surankote to Jammu when she was arrested on Friday afternoon at Tanda on Akhnoor-Sunderbani border had to be received by Talakh from Nahida from her rented house at Janipura Main Stop, sources said. The grenade attacks were to be carried out by Talakh, who was camping in the City here for four days prior to Nahida’s arrest but disappeared when she was caught by the SOG Jammu and police. As reported, the grenades can be fired from the launcher at a visible target from about half a kilometer distance. Altaf Ahmed told police that he had agreed to work for Talakh after his release from jail recently after eight years as latter had promised to get him recruited in police.