Top Hizb Commander Falls in Army Dragnet

SRINAGAR: Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested a divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahedeen outfit from south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Acting on a specific information about the movement of the Hizb commander, army's 1 RR, 140 bn CRPF and SOG cordoned off the Hanz Danter area of the district Saturday evening, a police official said.

He said that later the joint team had established a naka at main road Hanz Danter connecting Anantnag to Harnag. Subsequently, the forces started frisking the passersby and launched vehicle to vehicle searches till late in the evening.

Mubarak Ahmad Wani alias Major Saqib, son of Mohammad Ramzan Wani, Divisional Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was apprehended in a jiffy after forces stopped a vehicle in the area in which he was travelling," the official said.

1 AK 56, 02 magazines, 60 Ak rounds and one pouch was recovered from his possession, he said.

Wani, hailing from Bangadar, Anantnag, had joined militancy in 2001 when he had crossed the Line of Control to Pakistan-administered Kashmir to get arms training, he said.

The officer said that Wani returned to the Valley in 2007 and was subsequently arrested the same year.

After serving a two-year detention, Wani was released but he rejoined the militant ranks in 2010. He was again arrested the same year and released the next year.

The arrested militant commander had recycled for the third time in March 2013 and was active in the area of Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag since last one year.

A case under FIR number 10/2014 u/s 7/25 arms act has been registered in police station Anantnag in this regard and investigation has been taken up, the official added. 

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