J&K police busts a major Hizbul Mujahideen terror module - The Times of India
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police claims to have busted a major terror module led by an Imam of a local mosque and two imprisoned self-styled commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen, the indigenous terrorist outfit of Kashmir. The module planned to kill 16 residents of Kreeri and Pattan areas to "create fear psychosis and to revive" the Hizbul Mujahideen group, a police release said.
The Baramulla police discovered this during its investigation of a "blind murder case" of a civilian, Nazir Ahmad Lone resident of Kreeri, DIG, North Kashmir Range, Muneer Ahmed Khan said at a press conference in Baramulla.
Some unknown gunmen on February 28, 2011 had shot at Nazir Ahmed Lone who was rushed to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) where he succumbed to his injuries. Nazir was a class "A" contractor and social worker. He had a good rapport among the general public of the area, the police said. After this shoot out, an FIR No. 13/2011 U/S 307 RPC, 7/27 A. Act (subsequently converted to 302 RPC,102-B) was registered in Police Station Kreeri. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Pattan Sajad Ahmad & DySP Riyaz Iqbal Tantray were assigned the task of investigation.
"The matter was discussed at District Headquarters level and it was decided that all the police officers would re-visit the spot, in order to know the in and out routes & examine the witnesses, neighboring businessmen so as to recreate the scene of crime. Sensing the sincerity, concerted efforts and professional approach being followed by the police, the assailants felt the pressure and in desperation wrote a letter intimidating the witnesses," the DIG claimed. The assailants also made threatening calls to the eye witnesses and their kin directing them not to disclose details to the police.
The police said that, on specific intelligence, Javed Ahmed Lone of Tilgam was lifted since he had delivered a threatening letter to Ali Mohammad Ganie, the father of one of the eye witness. During his sustained interrogation, Javid revealed the name of Parvaiz Ahmad Bukhari who, in turn, disclosed that the letter had been given by Bashir Ahmed Bukhari, the Imam of Jamia Masjid Kreeri. The letter was seized by the police. Interestingly, the letterhead was of Tehreeq Ul-Mujahideen (TUM), which is no longer an active militant organization, the police said.
On interrogation and CDR analysis of Bukhari, it came to surface that the Imam, on the directions of Mohammad Ashan Dar and Muzaffar Dar (senior self styled commanders of HM outfit) presently in judicial custody, had constituted two modules one for Kreeri and other for Palhallan to "kill sixteen respectable persons in kreeri and Pattan areas to create a fear psychosis and to revive the HM outfit." the police claimed.
The module "A" operating in Kreeri and Nihalpora, was led by a "recycled HM terrorist Hilal Ahmed Palla of Dangerpora, Pattan and his associates Ajaz Ahmad Khan of Khanpora, Mudassir Nazir of Kachawa and Mohd. Ashraf Kumar of Khanpora Baramulla. The group was "involved in Nazir Ahmed Lone's killing." The weapon of offence has been recovered on the confession made by Ashraf Mir and Bashir Bukhari.
Bashir Bukhari also disclosed the name of Mohd Ashraf Mir of Kalantra who was also part of the module "A". Mohammad Ashraf on February 28, 2011 met Mudassir Nazir, Hilal Palla and Mohd Ashraf in the hospital premises at Kreeri. He handed over two pistols to Hilal and Ashraf, while as Ajaz Ahmed Khan and Ashraf Mir had conducted recee and was to help in the escape. Hilal entered the office of the deceased and shot at him from point blank range, whereas Mohd Ashraf fired to create a commotion. All the four accused escaped through a bye lane near the office of the deceased, Nazir Lone.
The police has arrested Molvi Bashir, Ashraf Mir, Ajaz Dar, Ashraf and Abdul Hamid. Hilal Palla and Nazir are absconding while as other accused have been arrested, the police said. The police has also recovered two pistols, two magazines and three pistol live cartridges from Ashraf's shop while as one pistol, one pistol magazine, three live pistol cartridges, one handset, one antenna, four UBGL, four gelatin rods and a letter pad of TUM was recovered from Molvi Bashir Bukhari.
The second module is operating in the general area of Gosh Bug & Palhalan. The DIG said that the police and security forces were "putting in tireless efforts to bust this module and to neutralize the absconding militants."