Army deserter Zafarullah who joined LeT shot dead
Posted by jagoindia on July 3, 2009
July 2, 2009
Mohit Kandhari | Jammu
An Army deserter identified as Zafarullah Khan Parray, who had reportedly joined ranks of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, was killed by a joint team of security forces along with two other militants in a fierce gunfight in remote Kulhand area of Doda district on Wednesday.
However, the faces of the three slain militants were defaced beyond recognition during the intense gunfight. Local villagers identified one of them as Zaffarullah Khan Parray before claiming his body from the police, SSP Doda Prabhat Singh confirmed.
After completing the formalities, we handed over his body to the local villagers who claimed it, he further added. The two others had been identified as Abu Mohd Zulfi and Javed Mir, official sources said.
Zaffarullah, son of Ghulam Hassan Khan, resident of Beli Udrana, had deserted the Army camp of 8 Rashtriya rifles at Arnora on March 8 this year along with one Insas weapon and two AK rifles. The police and Army had launched massive man hunt to track him down but failed to do so.
Before deserting the Army, Zaffarullah had worked with the Territorial Army for as many as four years and no complaint was registered against his name.
Jammu, July 01(NAK): Security forces claimed Wednesday evening to have gunned down three Lashkar militants including an army deserter in Bharat village of doda district of Jammu and Kashmir,this evening.
Reports revealed that after on specific information about the movement of LeT militants in Kulhand area of Doda district, a joint team of Police, CRPF and Army launched a search operation in the area.
The suspected area was cordoned off and during the search party established contact with the hiding ultras who were asked to surrender.
In return, they opened indiscriminate firing and lobbed grenades towards the troops thereby trigging a fierce encounter. The gun battle continued for several hours resulting in the death of three militants including a deserted Army Jawan.
Informed sources told News Agency of Kashmir that on specific information Jammu Kashmir police’s special operation group (SOG) in association with troops of 8 RR and 76 Battalion of CRPF launched a joint search operation in Bharat area of Kulhand village in Doda.
The slain militants have been identified as Bilal, Abu Zarar and Zafarullah who deserted territorial Battalion of army in Arnoda village of Doda few months back; however police identified the slain militants as Mushtaq Ahmed, Bilal Ahmed and Zafarullah.
Search operation was going on till last reports came in, huge quantity of army and ammunition have been recovered from the site of encounter details of which were not immediately available.
The operation was carried under direct supervision of SSP Doda Prabhat Singh and led by JKP’s Operation master Shiv Kumar.
The slain militants were responsible for numerous heinous and blatant acts of terrorism in the area.
The killing of the three militants is claimed to be the great success to the Police and Security forces, as it will give a severe blow to the outfit in the area.
Inspector General of Police Jammu, K.Rajendra Kumar has appreciated the work of operation team and said that they would continue such type of operations in future to frustrate the evil designs of anti national elements. (NAK)