Four top Hizbul militants surrender in J&K
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 18, 2011, 12:59
Srinagar: Four top militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, including a self divisional commander, on Thursday surrendered before police in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

"Police achieved a major success by forcing the surrender of longest surviving and only active militant group of Hizbul Mujahideen Pir Panchal Regiment (HMPPR) in the state at Kulgam," a police spokesman said.

He said the surrender of the militants came after joint operations conducted by police, army and CRPF in Kulgam and Reasi districts on either side of Pir Panjal Mountain Range.

The surrendered militants have been identified as Mohammad Rafiq Sheikh alias Basharat, Bashir Ahmad alias Rashid, Mohammad Maqbool alias Majid and Mohammad Shafi alias Haroon Rashid.

All the four militants hail from Reasi district in Jammu region and Sheikh was the divisional commander of the outfit, the spokesman said.

The surrendered militants handed over two AK-47 rifles, seven magazines, one under barrel grenade launcher, five under barrel grenades, 118 AK rounds, one wireless set, one mobile phone, one battery and three pouches.

He said at least five cases are already registered against this group.

"They are also involved in a number of cases in Reasi and Ramban districts. The militants are being questioned to know the details of whole militant network in Pir Panchal Range," the spokesman added.


First Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011, 12:59

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