Top HM Comdr Inqullabi Captured By Delhi Police15 November 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: A ‘‘divisional commander’ of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit , who was operating in militancy infested areas of Jammu for past over a decade and was involved in a series of subversive activities including killings of three Special Police Officers (SPOs) in a single attack, was captured by Delhi Police after a brief encounter near IIT Campus in South Delhi last night. The arrest was made on a specific information provided by Jammu Police, which had been tracking the militant after he escaped from a gun-battle in forest areas of Budhal, bordering Shopian, in Rajouri district on October 17 in which two associates of the militant were killed. Feeling heat from Jammu Police and apprehending his imminent arrest, the militant had fled to New Delhi where he was planning to create his cells, IGP Jammu Ashok Gupta told a press conference here after the arrest of militant. He was accompanied by SSP Rajouri Romesh Jalla and Jammu Police spokesman Jatinder Singh Johar. The militant has been identified as Mohammad Abdullah Chechi alias Aurangzeb alias HM alias Abdullah Inqullabi son of Habib Chechi, a resident of Tan Bhaat, Shahdra in Muzaffarabad area of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Rajouri, Reasi, Shopian and Kulgam districts were his main areas of operation. The militant was captured after a brief encounter as soon as he alighted from the bus near IIT Campus in South Delhi. In a bid to escape after observing movement of police, the militant fled towards Deer Park near Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) after boarding off the bus. The militants fired three shots from a pistol but was captured after a brief encounter, a DP officer said in New Delhi. Mr Gupta said Jammu Police will shortly seek custody of Abdullah Inqullabi from their Delhi counterparts as a Court here had declared him as an absconder under Section 512 RPC in connection with the killing of 3 SPOs at Draman police post in Budhal area on June 16, 2005. Besides, he was involved in a series of subversive activities. The Pakistani militant had forcibly married a young girl Shehnaz Akhter alias Dilshad alias Ujefi daughter of Bashir Bakerwal alias Nissar R-o Taleri, Kandi in Rajouri. The militant had two children, one male and one female, from the wife, whom he had married in January 2008 after kidnapping her. Shehnaz was presently putting up with her parents. Her questioning to get some more clues about Abdullah Inqullabi is not ruled out. A newly recruited militant, Zia-ul-Haq, a resident of Kandi, was arrested by police on the information provided by Inqullabi. Haq was captured this afternoon by a police team of Rajouri. He had been recruited into militancy six months back by Inqullabi and was given training in handling of weapons and explosive devices in Kandi forests. Haq has been sent for interrogation. Declining to reveal Inqullabi’s mission in Delhi, the IGP Jammu said he was planning to set up cells of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in the Union capital. ‘‘Beyond that, we can’t disclose’’, he added. According to him, the main reason for the Hizbul commander’s escape from Jammu was pressure maintained on him by police and security forces in Rajouri and Reasi districts, his major areas of operation for the past 10 years during which he killed and kidnapped several civilians and police personnel, launched attacks on security personnel, extorted money from the civilians and spoiled the career of several youth by recruiting them into militancy. ‘‘We were tracking the militant for past several days especially after his latest escape during October 17 encounter. It was on the basis of information provided by Jammu Police and co-operation extended by the Central Intelligence agencies that the militant was captured’’, Mr Gupta said. He lauded the role of DIG Rajouri-Poonch range S D Singh, SSP Rajouri Romesh Jalla and DySP Rajouri Farooq Qaiser in gathering information about the militant. The Jammu Police chief said Inqullabi had initially headed United Jehad Council (UJC) in Jammu but later switched over to Pir Panjal Regiment (PPR). After the PPR was wiped out, the militant shifted to Hizbul Mujahideen and had now been designated as its divisional commander. At the time of arrest, police recovered one pistol and three live rounds from his possession. He had fired shots at Delhi Police from the same pistol. The IGP said a series of cases have been registered against the militant at different police stations of the case and ‘‘we will seek his custody from Delhi Police after completion of procedural details’’. PTI adds from New Delhi Abdullah Inqullabi, a self-styled divisional commander of the outfit in Rajouri, was caught by Delhi Police’s Special Cell, the elite anti-terror wing, last night from Deer Park near Indian Institute of Technology soon after he alighted from a bus. 'As soon as he alighted, we tried to catch him. He tried to escape and went inside the park and we chased him. In a bid to escape, he opened fire. Three-four rounds were fired,' a senior police official said. Inqullabi, who was arrested after a brief exchange of fire, has been staying in the country for the past 10 years and had reached the capital five days ago, the official said. The suspected militant told the investigators that he had come to the capital to find a hide-out as Jammu and Kashmir police was searching for him, the official said, adding there are about 10 cases registered against him there. Inqullabi is suspected to be involved in several Hizbul operations in the country besides collection of funds for the terror outfit. The official said Inqullabi had stayed in two-three localities in the capital where his acquaintances provided him shelter. 'We are also looking for them. He had stayed in two-three places in the city in the past four-five days,' he said. He said investigators were ascertaining his version. 'He has told us that he came to Delhi in search of a hiding place. But we are checking this information. We are yet to ascertain whether hiding was the only motive behind his coming to the capital,' the official said. While three suspected terrorists belonging to Indian Mujahideen were arrested this year, Delhi Police had apprehended 20 militants last year which included, three from Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. According to Delhi Police, the arrested militants also included five from SIMI and Indian Mujahideen and four each of Kangleipak Communist Party and CPI (Maoist). The biggest catch of last year was Mohd Umar Madani of LeT, who was allegedly assigned the task of 'talent spotting' for launching terrorist attacks in the country. The two Hizbul militants arrested last year were Javed Ahmed Tantray and Ashiq Ali Bhat, who came to Delhi on the allegedly directions of the outfit chief Sayed Salahuddin and deputy chief Khalid Saifullah with arms and explosives for carrying out attacks here on Independence Day. Police had last year seized 7.1 kg of explosives, two timers, two hand grenades, four electronic detonators, two AK-47 rifles, fake Indian currency with a face value of Rs 50,000, genuine Indian currency of Rs 50,410, USD 8,000, a car and passports issued by Pakistan among other things. The arrest was made after Jammu and Kashmir police and Intelligence Bureau tipped off Delhi Police about Inqullabi’s presence in the capital, police said. The 30-year-old militant hails from Muzafarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, they said. In Jammu, Inspector General Ashok Gupta said Inqullabi was active in Doda, Rajouri, Kulgam and Shopian localities. 'After an encounter on October 25 he was under a lot of pressure and shifted his base to Delhi. We developed sources and got scientific information,' they said, adding a pistol and three live cartridges were recovered from him.