Hindu ultras killed in Kashmir militancy

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.

PTI



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

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