Hindu ultras killed in Kashmir militancy
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 22:20
Jammu: Four ultras from Hindu community have been killed during the two-decade-long militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior police official said as he asserted that their fight was not for ideology, but they were lured by "power of gun."

"So far four Hindu militant commanders of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen - Uttam Singh alias Saifullah, Kuldeep Kumar alias Kamran and Subash Chander Shaan and Bipin Kumar - were killed in 22 years long militancy in Jammu and Kashmir," IGP of Jammu Zone Dilbagh Singh said to a news agency.

But, he rebutted claims of Hizb-ul that a large number of Hindus picked up guns due to idealogical conviction.

"I did not see any idealogical conviction in all these cases (Hindus boys joining militancy). I have gone through cases of 3 to 4 militants (Hindus) who have been killed. It is all absurd. Most of them forcibly picked up or were fascinated by power of gun," he said.

The official argued, "If gun can fascinate Muslim boys, it can fascinate Hindu boys as well... When they lift guns, they feel empowered, and womanising, extortion and dictating people become part of their life."

Singh said Subash Chander Shaan alias Wasif, a deputy divisional commander of Hizb-ul, was killed on July 26 this year in Nawapachi belt in Kishtwar. Shaan joined militancy in 2000 when he was in class 10 and had an affair with a muslim girl.

He picked up gun to impress his beloved, the IGP said. Kuldeep Kumar, a deputy divisional commander of Hizb-ul, was killed in Bhaderwah belt of Doda district during an encounter on August 24, 2006. A resident of Kishtwar, Kumar was lured by power of gun in 1997 when he in Class 12.

Another Hizb-ul commander Uttam Singh was killed in encounter in Gandoh in Doda district on August 20, 2005, the official said, adding he joined militancy due to extreme poverty and love for guns.

Bipin Kumar, one of the longest serving Hindu militant for Hizb-ul, fell to the security forces' bullets in November 2008 in Doda. He was active since 1994 and joined militancy due to an affair with a girl.

The official said, on November 9, 2004, Hizb commander Manoj Kumar Manhas alias Ansari was one of the 47 militants who surrendered to the Army. He was lured into militancy by another militant Baldev Singh, who is still absconding.

Two other Hizb-ul militants' couriers - Chattar Singh and Rashpal Singh - were arrested by the police in Doda and Ramban districts in 2005 and 2008.

However, Hizb-ul militants - Dhoni Chand alias Tofail and Sachin Kumar - of Kishtwar district are absconding. "They might have been killed or crossed to other side of the LoC," SSP Kishtwar Bhim Sen Toti said.

In Rajouri District, Kripal Singh and Shan Lal of LeT and Kishen Chand and Sanjay Kumar of Hizb-ul are still absconding. Similarly, there is no information on the whereabouts of Lal Chand, Baldev Singh and slain militant Kuldeep's brother - Randeep Singh who is a sector commander.

"Once they join militant groups they cannot come out due to pressure on them. If they try they get killed," IGP Singh added.


First Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 22:20

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