Jammu: With the surrender of four ultras of
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Pir Panchal Regiment (HMPPR), the militant
outfit has been wiped out from Jammu and Kashmir, a senior
police official on Thursday claimed.
"After surrender by these militants, HMPPR got completely
wiped out from Jammu and Kashmir," Inspector General of Police
(IGP), Jammu zone Dilbagh Singh told reporters here tonight.
The outfit was active since eruption of militancy in
Jammu and in 2008 it had strength of around 30 militants, but
and during 2009-10 a total 21 members of this group got killed
during encounters in the Reasi district of Jammu, he said.
Six militants of the group were eliminated across the Pir
Panchal Range in Kulgam district, IG said, adding with
surrender of four militants in Kulgam yesterday the entire
outfit has been wiped out.
The self styled `divisional commander` of the group
Mohammad Rafiq Sheikh along with three others had surrendered
before a police party and 9 Rastriya Rifles at Hakwas in
Kulgam yesterday, he said.
The militants handed over two AK- 47 Rifles, one UBGL
launcher, five grenades, one wireless set and a huge quantity
of ammunition of AK 47.=
IGP said Hizb outfit which came to fore about two decades
ago and was categorised into three parts including Doda Range,
Chenab Range and Pir Panjal Range which were respectively
headed by Javed Qureshi, who was arrested from Dehradun,
Shahdin Khandey, whose body was recovered recently from
Kishtwar and Mohammad Rafiq Shiekh alias Basharat, who was
among those who surrendered yesterday at Kulgam.