J&K encounter: Terrorist from Pakistan caught after attack on BSF

The terror strike, which came nine days after terrorists attacked Dinanagar police station in Punjab, was the first in Udhampur district after over a decade.

Written by Arun Sharma | Chenani (j&k) | Updated: August 6, 2015 4:39 am
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A terrorist from Pakistan was captured Wednesday after an attack on a BSF bus on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur. The second terrorist involved in the attack, which left two BSF personnel dead and 10 injured, was shot dead in retaliatory fire.

The terrorist, who appeared to be barely out of his teens, was overpowered and turned over to securitymen by the men he took hostage while looking for an escape route.

He told his captors he was from Faisalabad in Pakistan. He first said his name was Qasim Khan but later changed it to Usman and then Mohammed Naved. He identified his dead colleague as Noman alias Nomi from Bahawalpur.

Sources said during questioning, he said he was the son of Mohammed Yakub of Ghulam Muhammadabad in Faisalabad, that he had two brothers and a sister. One of his brothers, the sources quoted him as saying, was in the hosiery business while the second was a lecturer at a government college.

 

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The attack, the first in Udhampur in a decade, came a week after the terror strike in Dinanagar, Gurdaspur by three Pakistanis who killed seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, before being gunned down.

 

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The two BSF personnel killed in the attack were identified as Constable Rocky of Ramgarh Majra in Yamunanagar district of Haryana and Constable Subhendu Roy of Daukimari in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.

J&K Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar said he will not comment on the terrorists till the questioning of the captured man is over.

“We cannot say anything about their identity, place of origin or the route adopted by them to reach Udhampur until his statements are corroborated with facts as he may be trying to mislead police,” the DGP said, adding that both terrorists may be part of a larger group which had sneaked into the region.

 

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Police sources said both terrorists were either from the Lashkar-e-Toiba, which was behind terror attacks on police stations and army camps in Samba and Kathua districts, or the Jaish-e-Mohammed which is active in Bahawalpur and Faisalabad.

Sources said the captured terrorist was making conflicting claims. He told villagers who captured him that he had crossed the Line of Control in Poonch, and that he had been moving around in the Jammu region for 12 days. But during questioning by police, sources said, he claimed he was part of a group of four which infiltrated via Kupwara district in north Kashmir 12 days before Ramzan — in the first week of June — and had been hiding in the Kashmir Valley.

 

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Police are questioning the drivers and cleaners of two trucks parked at the site of the attack because they suspect that the terrorists may have hitched a ride in one of them. Eyewitnesses have told police that the two terrorists emerged from behind one of the two trucks parked by the roadside.

Ramesh Singh, driver of one of the trucks, said they were returning to Jammu after unloading wheat at a flour mill in Awantipora area of Anantnag district. “We reached here in the morning and parked the trucks by the roadside. We had gone to a nearby nullah and were returning when we heard gun shots,” he said.

A local shopkeeper said the terrorists appeared from behind a truck shortly before 7 am and one of them stood in the middle of the road and opened fire at an approaching BSF bus. As one of the tyres of the bus deflated, the terrorist ran towards the vehicle.

Village defence committee members, positioned on a nearby hilltop, and a CRPF patrol spotted the terrorist and opened fire, killing him. Police and army troops from Udhampur and Chenani, meanwhile, rushed to the attack site.

The other terrorist threw a grenade towards the bus and fled towards Narsu village. He went to the house of one Rakesh Kumar and took him hostage along with his brother-in-law Vikram. He told them to show him a way out of the area.

As the trio headed towards Natha Top, they ran into two labourers, Desraj and Babloo, and the terrorist took them hostage as well. After walking some distance, Desraj and Babloo managed to flee. The other two then grappled with the terrorist and overpowered him. He was handed over to a police team which had been chasing them.

Two assault rifles, ammunition and hand grenades have been recovered and police were combing the area.

The army has floated helpline numbers for general public seeking information about fleeing terrorists. The numbers are: 01992-243294; 9467800234; 9419166790

With ENS in New Delhi

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    Gsy
    Aug 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm
    How a stani terrorist is labeled as rebel )in one of the photos). Indian express wake up and learn to call a spade a spade.
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      Satendra kumar
      Aug 6, 2015 at 5:31 am
      The terrorist organisation mainly insurgents mainly from stan are worse than any other countries with borders with India.The other countries do obliged the law and order even LOC with Indian borders.
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        Paul
        Aug 6, 2015 at 1:49 am
        Make mince meat of this ba$tard and feed it to the dogs. India should get it done quickly so that he can go and enjoy 72 virgins according to their religion without much delay.
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          Murali
          Aug 5, 2015 at 11:48 pm
          What is next? Government will spend another 5-6 crore to protect this Bas**** . and another 10 Lakhs to verify his age. Most probably this will follow Kasab. 'stan will never stop sending such brainwashed morons across the order because stan is a rogue nation sinking deeper and deeper into the pool of Indian hatred!
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            Rekha joshi
            Aug 5, 2015 at 8:35 pm
            For ur kind info stan we Indians r symbol of unity.never think about our Kashmir or kashmiris they our right hand & don't look on kashmir with Hawk Eye.
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              Rekha joshi
              Aug 5, 2015 at 7:29 pm
              Kashmir hamara tha,hamara h,or hamara hi rahega.thats all.
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                Rekha joshi
                Aug 5, 2015 at 7:40 pm
                Mr. Javed Akhtar security advisor of stan (bloodyfool)smiled in a way that something good was happened in India.But he don't know the #power behind Indians.leave us stan otherwise we forgot that u r our neighbour.
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                  Rekha joshi
                  Aug 5, 2015 at 2:46 pm
                  Incredible,Incredible,Incredible........achievement.I love the way they fought with stani terrorist.send captured terrorist to the gallows.our government spent crores of rupees for the prosperity of serials,movies,sports but the government never think about our Jawans who laid their life for the prosperity of Nation.
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