Thursday, August 24, 2006
SRINAGAR: Jihad has a new face in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir. Security forces engaged in counter insurgency operations in the state have found that a dozen Hindu militants are active in Jammu division. A joint team comprising the police and army gunned down one of them on Thursday in Doda district.
Kuldeep Kumar Sharma alias Kamran was a deputy district commander of Hizb-ul-Mujhadeen in Doda. He was killed this morning along with his associate Khalid Ali Kashmiri by a joint team of J&K police and Rashtriya Riffles (RR). Four grenades were recovered from their possession.
"Kamran was quite a terror in the area. We were after him for some time now. Today we got a tip off and a joint team of RR and police immediately executed an operation and gunned him down along with his associate. It is a big achievement as far as anti-insurgency operations are concerned," said Dr SP Vaid, inspector general of police, Jammu range.
A school drop-out, Kamran was active in the area for the last five years and involved in large number of killings in Doda district.
Defence sources revealed that after he joined the militant ranks of Hizb-ul-Mujhadeen, he named himself Kamran, meaning success.
In fact, a dozen Hindus are currently active in Jammu region and working for different militant outfits.
"Most of them are illiterates or school dropouts who were jobless before joining the militant ranks. Money is the only motivation for these Hindu boys to join militancy. They are paid a monthly remuneration of Rs2500, but the money they extort is enormous and unaccounted for," said Dinesh K Badola, colonel GS (IW) of Jammu-based 16 corps.
Power is another factor that entices Hindu youth to join the militant ranks. "Some people employ guns to wield power. This is also why these Hindu youth turn to militancy," said a senior intelligence officer.
Last year, two Hindu militants surrendered before the army in Jammu and the preceding year, two others had dropped their guns before the security forces.