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Delhi HC blast accused’s hideouts busted in Kishtwar
Arms, ammunition recovered
Kuldeep Sharma
KISHTWAR, Sept 30: Security forces today claimed to have busted hideout of two Hizbul Mujahideen commanders, wanted for their roles in 2011 Delhi High Court blast, in this hilly district.

Huge quantity of arms and ammunitions were seized during a search operation from the hideout belonging to the Delhi blast accused Mohammed Amin alias Jehangir and Shakir Hussain alias Chhota Hafiz from high altitude forest belt of Kutmarg area in Chatroo tehsil of Kishtwar district.

According to SP Kishtwar B S Tuti, the hideout was found after a joint operation was launched by troops of 11 Rasthriya Rifles and Special Task Force (STF) of police after a tip-off.

Jehangir is the district commander of the militant group while Chhota Hafiz is tehsil commander.

A number of warlike stores were recovered from the hideout which included four 302 rifles, one PIKA gun, one AK-47 rifle, two RPG launchers, one UBGL launcher, four rifles 12 bore/ Topidar rifle, two UBGL grenades, four rounds of RPG, one bomb of 60 mm, two magazine of SLR, four magazine of AK-47 rifle, nine gelatin sticks, ten electric detonator, 999 rounds of different weapons, one binocular (Pakistan made) and two hand grenades.

“The hideout was deep inside jungle and had a small inconspicuous entry. Yet it could easily accommodate 2-3 terrorists with sufficient stock. The hideout was a major waypoint for previous HM terrorists transiting that area, it was a place where militants would rest and recoup prior to undertaking their nefarious activities in the Navpachchi, Marwah and Dachhan regions. After the arrest of HM militants Sajjad Ahmed alias Rizwan, district commander and killing of two militants Amir Ali Kamal alias Akram and Mohammed Shafi Hazam, the remaining militants Hafiz and Jehangir are disturbed,” SP Kishtwar BS Tuti said.

“They might be planning to hit back to cause serious damage. But this recovery of arms and ammunition gave them a serious setback. The destruction of this hideout is therefore likely to seriously disrupt the movement of militants in the area and adversely affect their chain of supply and replenishment,” Tuti added.

According to the police, the security forces were constantly tracking movements of the militants in the area to neutralize the remaining three ultras. The police said that the arms, ammunition recovered from the hideout had the potential of causing large scale casualties and damage to life and property. The busting of the hideout succeeded in derailing the nefarious designs of the militants and their supporters, the police said.

Earlier on August 6, one of the accused militant in the Delhi blast was killed by security forces in Kishtwar district of the state. 11 people were killed and over 70 injured on September 7 2011 blast in the Delhi High Court premises.

A police handout issued about this operation stated that the “police and Security Forces thwarted a terrorists plot to carry out terror strikes by effecting recovery of UBGL launcher besides huge arms/ ammunition from the hideout of terrorists during a search operation in dense forest of Kutmarg under the jurisdiction of Police Station Chatroo of the mountainous district of Kishtwar this morning.”

“Police on a tip off launched a search operation area falling under the jurisdiction of Police Station Chatroo about 0930 hours today .A column of 11 RR (Rashtriya Rifle) (Dogra) also joined the operation. The suspected area was cordoned off and during search troops achieved success in locating the hideout of terrorists in deep inside jungle,” the handout added.

News Updated at : Sunday, September 30, 2012
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