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Top Hizb militant dies in encounter
Dinesh Manhotra
Tribune News Service

Udhampur, April 23
The Jammu and Kashmir Police this morning killed a dreaded militant, who was involved in more than 100 killings in different parts of Reasi, Ramban and Rajouri districts.

Identified as Abdul Haque alias Jahangir of Thuru village of Arnas teshil of Reasi district, the slain militant was self-styled commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

He along with another dreaded militant Billo Gujjar had masterminded carnages at Prankote, Kot Dhara, Thakikote and Gagrabrayan. The terrorist was also involved in the killing of three Kashmiri Pandit lecturers in Gool area of Ramban district.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Udhampur-Reasi range, Alok Puri told The Tribune that Haque’s killing was one of the biggest success against militancy in this belt.

“After the elimination of Billo Gujjar, who was gunned down by the security forces on September 5, 2006, Jahangir was the only longest surviving militant in this belt,” the DIG said and informed that the slain militant was active since 1991 and was involved in scores of terror incidents.

Today’s event was the second successful operation by the Reasi Police in the last 10 days. They killed militant Badshah Khan in Mahore area last week.

On a tip-off, the Reasi Police launched a search operation in Kalian area of Arnas under the jurisdiction of the Mahore police station. Deputy superintendent of police, Operation, led the operation.

The militant resorted to indiscriminate firing when the security personnel reached near a house where Jahangir was hiding. The security forces retaliated. After an hour of fierce gun battle, the militant was gunned down. On AK-47 riffle, one magazine, a dairy containing numbers and addresses of persons and other materials were recovered from the possession of the slain terrorists.

Sources said Jahangir had been assigned the job to regroup the HM cadre to launch offensive during the campaign of forthcoming Assembly elections. The security forces got inputs about Jahanir presence in the area.

Jahangir along with Billo Gujjar created that reign of terror that forced thousand of people to migrate out of fear. It was only after Prankote massacre in April, 1998, minorities had started moving to safer places and this process continued till date.



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