By Arif Qureshi
Islamabad: Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Militants killed three Indian soldiers before they were gunned down by Army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles in the Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday. According to Awantipora Superintendent of Police Muhammad Irshad the militants have been identified as 35-year-old Adeel Pathan and 25-year-old Chota Burmi claimed that both of the slain Militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were from Pakistan controlled Kashmir and had somehow managed to sneak into India from across the border for carrying out activities in the Kashmir valley.
According to the police reports, a joint cordon by the Army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles and the special operations group of the police was laid in Haeri village of the Tral area on Sunday afternoon following intelligence inputs about the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants in the area. “Militants were holed up in a residential house, which was cordoned off and contact was established with them,” said a senior police officer who was part of the operation. He said the militants tried to sneak out of the house while firing indiscriminately. “They were however intercepted and shot dead just outside the house they were hiding in,” the police officer said.
According to the reports Adeel Pathan had been active in the Valley since 2013. Initially, operating from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, he was heading a group of around 10 Pakistani nationals. He shifted base to Tral in 2014. He had been working in close coordination with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) members in south Kashmir.
On Monday morning, hundreds of people from different villages of Tral converged at Bargam, where funeral of Jaish militants Adil Pathan and Chota Burmi, was being held. The people were chanting pro-freedom, pro-Islam and pro-militant slogans, as the numbers of mourners swelled into thousands.
Later, the bodies were carried in a procession to the martyrs’ graveyard, where the two were laid to rest, according to media reports. Ghulam Mohiuddin Andrabi, district president of Syed Ali Geelani led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat addressed the mourners.
Jaish-e-Mohammad was founded by Maulana Masood Azhar after his release from Indian custody in 1999 Kandahar hijacking along with two other militant commanders Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar head of Al-Umar Mujahdeed and Sheikh Muhmmad Umar who later involved in the killing of American Wall street Journal journalist Danial Pearl.
It is reminded on last Friday a senior commander of Jaish-e-Muhmmad (JeM) Abdulmateen alias Muhammad was killed in a fierce encounter with Indian army in Gareez Sector along the Line of control.