February 2008 News

LeT ultra surrenders, 2 Pakistanis escape

7 February 2008
The Daily Excelsior

Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU: A top militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) today surrendered before Special Operations Group (SOG) Jammu along with explosive devices. He had gone from Mahore to Sunderbani to receive a group of infiltrators, who were trapped by Army and police and four of them were killed. Finding himself trapped on way back to Mahore, the militant surrendered before the SOG, official sources said. He has been identified as Showkat Ali alias Abu Haroon (set code Victor 6), 24, son of Ghulam Hussain R-o Dewal, Mahore in Reasi district. The militant surrendered before SP Operations (Jammu) Mubassar Lateefi under the supervision of DIG Jammu range Lalat Indu Mohanty and SSP Jammu Parminder Singh. He handed over two grenades, one AK magazine and 15 rounds at the time of surrender. During his preliminary questioning, Abu Haroon has disclosed that he trekked down from Mahore and Budhal and reached Kali Dhar forest range in Sunderbani sector along with two Pakistani ultras Abu Abdullah and Abu Hamas to receive a group of infiltrators. However, both groups of intruders were trapped by Army and police at two different places in Sunderbani in which four militants have so far been killed while a search and cordon operation was on to eliminate or apprehend others. Finding the intruders trapped, Abu Hamas and Abu Abdullah disappeared from Kali Dhar forests and were reported to have reached back to upper reaches in Mahore. However, Abu Haroon was trapped. Getting a report, a team of SOG Jammu also reached Sunderbani and finally succeeded in motivating the militant to surrender. Though Abu Haroon has visited Jammu for the first time, sources said he knew some Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of LeT outfit, who were active in Jammu and outskirts. Haroon was being used to identify LeTís OGW network and sleeper cells, sources said. Besides grenades and AK rounds, police have also recovered, a mobile telephone bearing No. 9419379909 from the possession of surrendered militant. Abu Haroon has also disclosed that a total of 20 militants were operating in Mahore-Darhal belt-12 of whom belonged to LeT and 8 to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. The Lashkar militants were being commandeered by Abu Mohd while Mohd Saqib was heading Hizbul group. According to him, the militants who had infiltrated from Sunderbani sector also had to operate in Mahore-Darhal belt.

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