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21 militants surrender to Army

21 militants surrender to Army

Author: Excelsior Special Correspondent
Publication: The Daily Excelsior
Date: April 18, 2004
URL: http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/web1/04apr18/news.htm#6

In a major setback to militancy in Jammu region, 21 top militants today surrendered before the Army at Delta Force headquarters at Batote in Doda district.

This was the biggest ever surrender in Doda district, official sources said.

The surrendered militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen outfit, they said, adding the militants were involved in a series of subversive activities across Doda and Udhampur districts.

The surrendered militants handed over 12 AK rifles, one sniper rifle, one SLR, two pistols, two wireless sets, 17 hand grenades and a large quantity of ammunition.

Surrender by 21 militants in just a one go has further broken the back-bone of already crippling militancy in Doda district, the sources said.

This was the second major surrender ceremony after PDP-led coalition Government announced a rehabilitation policy for the militants in February this year. Under the policy, a militant will get Rs 1.5 lakh worth Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDRs), which can be encashed after three years provided that the militant leads a normal life and Rs 2000 monthly stipend for sustenance.

Within few days of the rehabilitation policy, seven top Hizbul Mujahideen militants had surrendered in Kathua before Director General of Police (DGP) Gopal Sharma.

The militants surrendered before senior Army officers at Delta Force headquarters. The Army officers accepted the surrendre one by one.

It may be recalled that the militants were scheduled to surrender before the Army and state police chief at Doda last week. However, the police chief had to cancel his visit due to attack on a PDP rally at Uri in which two Ministers were injured and about a dozen persons were killed.

The surrendered militants are Mohd Ishaq Gujjar alias Darda, Mohd Ishad Gujjar alias Samsher, Mohd Shafi alias Badshah Khan, Abdul Wahid alias Danish, Ibrahim Naik alias Firdous, Izaz Ahmed Naik alias Izar Mada, Mohd Sultan alias Sultan Ganja, Zahoor Ahmed Sheikh, Jaap Mohd alias Naydeen, Mohd Iqbal Bhat alias Zuber, Istraq Ahmed Naik alias Sabzaar, Imtiaz Ahmed alias Abu Qasim son of Subhan Bhat and Abzir Hussain alias Shahib Afghani son of Talib Hussain Zargar.

Other surrendered militants are Mohd Ismail alias Abu Safayan son of Mohd Ayub, Riaz Ahmed alias Mansoor son of Mohd Rafiq Wani, Aijaz Ahmed alias Zubair son of Abdul Aziz, Mohd Iqbal alias Abu Sahib son of Abdul Gani, Mohd Rafiq alias Suleman son of Abdul Rashid, Abdul Malik alias Abu Sarbeni son of Hali Noor Mohd, Shabir Ahmed alias Faidullah son of Mohd Sharief, Mohd Hussain alias Abu Abrar son of Noor Mohd Kajab and Ghulam Hussain alias Juber.

Sources said Mohd Ishaq Gujjar alias Darda was a close associate of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Paploo. He was trained in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Other surrendered militants were also top activists of LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen outfits, the sources said.

After surrender, the militants told Army officers that they were fed up with the excesses being committed on the local people by the foreign mercenaries. They said they have also realised futility of the gun culture.

Sources indicated that some more surrenders in Doda and Udhampur districts are in the offing. They hoped that the militants will take a lesson from today's surrender and come forward to lay down arms and live a normal life.

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