In a big success, security forces on Wednesday killed two Laskar-e-Taiba terrorists including prime accused of the Kulhand massacre. On May 1, 2006, LeT terrorists had gunned down 22 people after herding them out of their homes in mountainous district of Doda.
Doda SSP Manohar Singh confirmed that the slain terrorists have been identified as Asraf Ganai of Dalyug Doda who was the prime accused in the Kulhand massacre and was also wanted under award money of Rs one-lakh. The other terrorist who has been identified as Sohail Azghari was a Pakistani national.
Police said that Ganai, was the one who headed the group of LeT terrorists wearing combat fatigues came to Kulhand village, some 200 km north of Jammu, on the intervening night of April 30 and May 1, 2006 and ordered people out of their houses in the two localities of Panjoli and Thava and instructed them to assemble in the houses of two village heads, where the terrorists opened indiscriminate firing on the innocent people and killed 22 of them including a nine-year-old girl.
The Doda police and 8 Rashtriya Riffles (RR) of army in a joint operation in the forest area of village Kora under jurisdiction of police station Udhyanpur have killed both the dreaded LeT terrorists who were active for the last 6 to 7 years and were involved in a number of terrorism related incidents in the area.
Doda SSP Manohar Singh, who also headed the operation said, "We cordoned off the area on information that both the terrorists were hiding in an underground concrete hideout."
"The encounter that began at around 9:30 am in the morning ended at 4:30 pm, after we gunned down both," added Singh.
Two AK 47 riffles, six magazines and other incriminating material were recovered from the possession of slain terrorists, the SSP added.