Two SPOs-turned-militants Killed In Doda Encounter

15 October 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ranjit Thakur

Doda: Two special police officers (SPOs), who had deserted the police force last month in Doda to rejoin militancy, have been killed in an encounter with security forces in Gadi Nallah near Doda today. Acting on a tip-off, a search operation was launched at Gadi Nallah by joint teams of the J&K Police and 10 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion last night. A contact was established with militants around 3 am on Thursday. After being challenged, the terrorists fired indiscriminately on the security personnel. In the ensuing gun battle, two militants were killed at 4:30 am. An AK-47 gun and an Insas rifle were recovered from them. It is after four years that an encounter has taken place in Doda district, which has been almost free from the presence of militants, the police said. The militants killed in the encounter have been identified as Ghulam Nabi Mangnoo, alias Maulvi, and Raiz Ahmed. The duo had fled from the police lines in Doda on September 7 night with an AK-47 and an Insas rifle with 60 and 70 rounds of ammunition, and joined the militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. Maulvi had surrendered as the district commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in 2010 and joined as an SPO while Raiz had surrendered as a Hizb terrorist in 2010. Maulvi had joined LeT in 2005 and Raiz had gone with Hizb in 1999. Deputy Inspector General, Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, Nissar Ahmed said: 'The duo had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and were in constant touch with their masters through phones. They were killed in a joint operation by the police and the Army today. Militant outfits are trying to revive militancy in Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts, but we are fully prepared to give them a befitting reply as we are aware of their activities.' 'We have maintained a strict vigil on the activities of surrendered militants and those working as special police officers with us as we have got the information that militant outfits are trying to contact them,' he added. The bodies of the slain militants have been handed over to their family for last rites.