Inqullabi, associate trapped in encounter14 February 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Within a couple of days of the killing of two top Hizbul Mujahideen militants including a divisional commander Jan Nissar at Kandi, three more dreaded militants including Abdullah Inqullabi, a Pakistani commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, were this evening trapped in Baghla forests of Dharamsal area in Kalakote tehsil of Rajouri district. One militant was either reported dead or seriously injured in the gun-battle. Reports said troops of 54 Rashtriya Rifles, police and Special Operations Group (SOG) launched a joint search operation at Morha Chandroi near village Baghla under the jurisdiction of Dharamsal police station this afternoon. The operation was launched on a specific information developed by police and security personnel that three militants including Inqullabi had taken shelter in a house at Morha Chandroi. On observing approaching columns of Army and police, the militants were reported to have deserted the house and fled away to a surrounding forest area. They were chased by the security personnel. According to reports, a contact with the militants was established at 6 pm. A heavy exchange of gunbattle ensued between the two sides which continued for about half an hour. In the cross-firing, one militant was seriously injured. Some intercepts revealed that the injured ultra has succumbed to his wounds. However, there was no official confirmation of killing of the militant. Police confirmed that one militant has been injured in the exchange of firing while two others escaped deep into the forests. Police and security forces have maintained a cordon at Morha Chandroi forests and would resume searches early tomorrow morning. Sources said out of two absconding militants, one of them was believed to be Abdullah Inqullabi, a Pakistani commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and most wanted militant of the outfit after Jan Nissar. Inqullabi’s body-guard, Arif, a local militant was also accompanying him. Senior police officers including DIG Rajouri-Poonch range SD Singh and SSP Rajouri Shafkat Wattali were supervising operation against the militants. On February 12, Army and police had gunned down two Hizbul Mujahideen militants including a divisional commander Mohammad Aslam alias Jan Nissar and his associate Saddam Hussain alias Firdous alias Sikander at Kalar in Kandi area of Rajouri district. Enforcement of security forces and police was tonight rushed to Morha Chandroi forests from nearby installations to keep a cordon around the forests to ensure that the militants didn’t manage to escape.