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LeT, JeM, Hizb militants surrender in J-K

Press Trust of India

Posted: Oct 30, 2003 at 1827 hrs IST

In a significant development, 19 hardcore militants, including three Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) men, surrendered to security forces over the past 24 hours in Surankote and Baramulla regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

Seventeen of them surrendered before Lt General T.P.S. Brar, GOC, 16 corps at Surankote in Poonch district in Jammu region, while two others surrendered at Baramulla along with huge quantity of arms and ammunition, Army sources said in Delhi on Thursday.

What took the security forces by surprise was that the surrendered militants included ultras from let, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Harkat-ul-Jihad-Islami and newly floated Kashmir Freedom Movement (KFM), whose members normally do not give up without fighting to the last.

This is for the first time in two years that such surrenders are taking place in Jammu and Kashmir. Significantly, they come at a time when the state government is putting in place a comprehensive surrender package, which will include giving a heavy lump sum for rehabilitation of the militants.

The surrendered militants included three of LeT, five of KFM, three of Tehrik-ul-Jihad, two each of JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and JUM, and one each of Tehrik-e-Jihad-Islami and Harkat-ul-Islami.

According to Army officials, the militants surrendered 17 AK-47 rifles, two RPGS, two pika guns, one 60 mm mortar and two radio sets.

In continuing counter-insurgency operations, Army busted a huge arms cache in Prijal Dara and Bijli Dhar of Tangdhar sector of Kupwara region, recovering 210 UBGL grenades, 4,000 rounds of AK 47 ammunition, 30 RPGS, two radio sets and 30 detonators.

In another operation in Doda district, security forces averted a major tragedy when a road-opening party recovered a 25 kg improvised explosive device placed on the road between Baderwah and Nalthi. Three Army jawans were killed three days ago on the same road due to an IED blast.

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