Verdict Elates Kashmir Encounter Cop

Verdict Elates Kashmir Encounter Cop

5 October 2013
Deccan Chronicle
Gilvester Assar

Thiruvananthapuram: “I am happy that the case has reached its logical conclusion and the wrongdoers have been punished suitably,’’ said Uttam Chand, Senior Superintendent Police of Kupwara, who led the counter-terrorism operations in which four terror recruits from Kerala were killed in Lolab Valley in Oct. 2008. Uttam Chand, currently posted as AIG, Police Headquarters, Srinagar, recollected the encounter. “At first, two militants of LeT belonging to Kerala were killed in a shootout with security forces on October 4, and later three more( two from the same state and one from Pakistan) were killed in a separate encounter on October 10. We never imagined in our wildest dreams that militants from south and that too from Kerala would be operating in the valley. It was quite a strange phenomenon,’’ he said. He said they could succeed in cracking the Kerala link after getting crucial evidence at the site of the encounter. “These militants were under training at a terror camp in Lolab Valley. While four died in the encounter, one Abdul Jabbar managed to flee but was later arrested in Hyderabad. His arrest led to more information about the recruitment of youth from Kannur and Malappuram for terror activities,’’ he said. Abdul Raheem, Mohammad Fayaz, P. Fais and Mohammad Yaseen were the Kerala recruits who died in the encounter. According to Kashmir police, Lolab Valley, situated in Sogam block of frontier Kupwara district, was once a hotbed of terror activities. Two months ago, Jaish militant Quari Yasir was killed in a shootout in Lolab. Yasir’s killing brought some relief to security agencies as he was one of the main militants operating in that region for the past few years.