ISI Militant gang killed in encounter

HYDERABAD: Five terrorists having ISI connections and working for SIMI were gunned down in an encounter today on the Warangal national highway near Alir-Jangaon. They tried to snatchA�weapons and escape from the police custody.

The encounter took place when Viqaruddin and his four militant gang members were being brought from Warangal District Jail to Nampally Court. As the vehicle entered the Nalgonda district border, the gang members tried to snatch the rifles from the escort policemen and escape when the vehicle was stopped to enable the gang to answer the calls of nature.

There were 18 S1 police security personnel when the five-member gang was being transported. The militants became desperately aggressive in their bid to escape with the weapons and scuffled with the escort policemen. The security personnel became alert and opened fire killing all the five militants.

The others killed, Apart from Viqaruddin, were Syed Amjad,A�Mohammed Aneef, Mohammed Zakeer and Aijar Khan.

According to the police Viqarudin Ahmed, alias Viqar, was a terror operative and founder of the local militant outfit Tehreek-Ghalba-e-Islam (TGI), which was responsible for various shooting incidents and killing of police personnel in the city. The four others were members of this outfit.

After being elusive since December 2008 following the killing ofA�two security personnel, Viqaruddin and his associates were arrested in July 2010 and lodged in Chanchalguda Jail. When the gang members created a ruckus in the jail by threatening the warden, they were shifted to Warangal Central Jail. The trial of the gang was going on in Nampally Court. In connection with the trail in the court, the gang was being brought to the city.

Reacting sharply to the death of his son, Viqaruddina��s father MohammedA�Ahmed alleged that it was a fake encounter, during the last stage of the trial in the court. Accusing the police of killing his son in a fake encounter, he said he would go to High Court.

Subsequent to the killing of Viqaruddin and his gang, the police have made elaborate security arrangements in the city, especially in the sensitive old city localities to avert any untoward incident. (NSS)

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