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VDC weapons' case loot mystery solved

With the arrest of two Village Defence Committee (VDC) members, Doda police solved the mystery of looting of VDC weapons' case, reports Zorawar Singh Jamwal.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 17:26 IST

With the arrest of two Village Defence Committee (VDC) members, Doda police solved the mystery of looting of VDC weapons' case that occurred on October 13.

Startling investigation in the case revealed that two VDC members were hand-in-glove with LeT terrorists operating in Doda and helped them in snatching more weaponry from other VDC members and accompanied the armed terrorists willfully.

Giving details, SSP Doda, Manohar Singh said that "On October 13th, some unidentified armed terrorists came to village Garethar and reportedly took away four VDC rifles along with two members each of VDCs Tander and Duthan villages. Two of the VDC members Ram La and Shadi Lal were rescued by their associate VDC members immediately after repulsing the attack whereas the remaining two VDC members Ghulam Mohammad and Ghulam Hussain returned on October 17."

"Though a case in that regard was registered but the investigating police team suspected a foul play," informed SSP Manohar Singh said adding that "during investigation some of the VDC members were put under sustained interrogation following which it was revealed that some armed terrorists of LeT came to village Tander and asked the VDC members Ghulam Mohammad and Ghulam Hussain to handover the weaponry to them." "Both the VDC members, without any resistance, handed over the weaponry including one .303 rifle with 100 rounds each to the terrorists and accompanied them willfully. The duo later guided the armed terrorists to Duthan village where another team of VDC members was on duty," senior police officer said.

"When the VDC team asked them to stop and prove the identity of the VDC members Ghulam Mohammad and Ghulam Hussain intervened and pretended that the armed terrorists are members of STF team," detailed SSP Manohar Singh adding that "when the terrorists came near the VDC members, they overpowered the VDC members and snatched their weapons and ammunition. The terrorists tried to take them as well along but one of the VDC members who was standing a little away opened fire following which the terrorists and two of the VDC members managed to escape from the village along with the VDC weaponry."

Both Ghulam Mohammad and Ghulam Hussain have been arrested and a hunt has been launched to trace the LeT terrorists.