Hizbul commander arrested after giving police the slip

August 25th, 2009 - 11:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Aug 25 (IANS) A top guerrilla commander, who gave police the slip before he could be re-arrested on other terror charges following his release by a local court last week, has been arrested, police said here late Tuesday.
Nisar Ahmad alias Gazi Misbahuddin, the former chief commander (operations) of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group, was set free by a south Kashmir court last Wednesday. He was to be re-arrested for other charges pending against him but he disappeared, the police said.

“After a massive man hunt in different areas of south Kashmir, Gazi Misbahuddin, the former chief commander (operations) of Hizbul Mujahideen, was arrested by us,” a senior police officer said here.

Police, however, did not specify where exactly in south Kashmir the militant was caught.

A resident of Arwani village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Misbahuddin was arrested from Srinagar Dec 6, 2007. The dreaded militant commander is known for his proximity to Hizb chief and chairman of the United Jehad Council Syed Sallahuddin. He had taken over the operations command of Hizbul Mujahideen in 2003.

His disappearance had left the security forces in the state red-faced and an enquiry had been reportedly ordered into the incident.

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