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Top two Hizb ultras lay down arms, another nabbed

india Updated: Mar 03, 2010 19:24 IST

Two top militants of pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen today surrendered before security forces while another was arrested in Jammu region, police said.

Abdul Lateef Bali alias Abdu Hamza, a self-styled Deputy Divisional Commander of the outfit, and his "Deputy" Sher Mohammad alias Saifullah laid down arms before Jammu and Kashmir DGP Kuldeep Khoda in Doda town.

The arms laid down by them included a universal machine gun, an AK rifle, a grenade launcher, seven RPG rounds, 550 rounds of AK rifle, six magazines, 50 electronic detonators and one M-16 grenade, police said.

Laying down arms, the two said they were fed up with the militancy and, therefore, had decided to shun violence.

The DGP said "it is a big achievement for the police force. The surrender of top commanders have given them (Hizb) a setback."

The DGP assured them all help in leading a peaceful life.

He also appealed to other militants to come forward and take advantage of the surrender policy of the government.

More and more militants, particulary "top commanders" were likely to surrender in coming months, Khoda said.

Security forces arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen militant from a house in Garkhal village near the Line of Control in Akhnoor district.

Identified as Mohammad Israil, he escaped during an encounter with security forces in Doda district's Ganodh belt last week.