Abhishek Behl, www.merinews.com
By killing a hard-core Laskkar-e-Taiba terrorist, Khalid-ur-Rehman in a pre-dawn operation in Doda today, the Jammu and Kashmir police added another feather to its cap.
THE JAMMU AND Kashmir police today received a shot in the arm, when it managed to liquidate Khalid-ur-Rehman alias Abu Omeira, all India coordinator of Lashkar-e-Taiba in a pre-dawn operation in Doda. Rehman was a resident of Railway Colony, Bahawalpur in Pakistan and was considered to be one of the masterminds behind terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
Active for past 10 years in Kashmir valley, Rehman was the chief architect of fidayeen attacks and he was instrumental in number of suicide killings in the state.
Being an innovator and experienced terrorist, he was also responsible for starting infiltration through the sea route in the country and was also involved in all activities and operations of Lashkar-e-Taiba in the country.
According to reports, after receiving a tip off about the whereabouts of the Lashkar militant, the Doda police swung into action and cordoned off the target house. According to reports, when the police asked the terrorist to surrender, he opened fire on the police party and jumped out of the house. While trying to escape, he attempted to forcibly enter an adjacent house and threw a grenade on the door to break it open.
“However, before he could enter the house, the policemen shot him dead,” informed a police officer while adding that a woman Mishra Begum was killed due to grenade sharpnels. Terming it as a major victory Manohar Singh, SSP, Doda informed that Rehman had been active in J&K for past ten years and was involved in numerous massacres and fidayeen attacks.
“Fidayeen or suicide attacks were introduced by Rehman in the state,” said Singh, adding that he had been transferred to Doda two years back after Ghulam Nabi Azad assumed the Chief ministerial chair in the state. The aim was to increase the terrorist activities in the Doda district and this he did with remarkable alacrity.
Rehman was also engaged in recruitment and is said to have sent hundreds of youth to Pakistan for arms training, police said. Police also claimed that Rehman was behind the killing of DSP Shally Singh, a daring officer of J&K police in Doda, a month back. He is also said to have planned a failed assassination attempt on Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, during his visit to Doda few months back. The police had then arrested some political activists and managed to break into the terror cell and prevent the attack.
Similarly, the J&K police and even the intelligence agencies were caught on the wrong foot, when some arrested terrorists told them about infiltration from the sea route, which was obviously an innovation and said to be orchestrated by the deceased militant mastermind.