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Incidents and Statements involving Hizb-ul-Mujahideen: 2015

Date

Place
Incident

Nature of incident

January 15

Kellar forests / Shopian District

Five militants of JeM and HM, including a JeM group commander, Abu Toiba, a Pakistani national, were killed in a gun battle in the Kellar forests of Shopian District. Other slain militants were identified as Shakeel Ahmed Wani alias Master, Tahir Ahmed Shah, Parvaiz Ahmed Wagay and Ishfaq Ahmad Wani. Police said that Abu Toiba was instrumental in orchestrating militant attacks in South Kashmir. Three AK-47 rifles, one SLR, one Chinese pistol, magazines, ammunition and other war like stores were recovered from their possession.

Violent
January 22

Jammu / Kathua

A high alert has been sounded in Jammu and Kathua regions following intelligence intercepts that LeT and HM, backed by Pakistan's spy agency ISI, are planning terror strikes in the region coinciding with US President Barack Obama's visit. A specific intelligence input with the Central agencies say a detachment of 5-6 terrorists has been deployed by Badabhai Masroor and is likely to cross over from Shakargarh and Zafarwal Darman area for terror attacks around Republic Day in Jammu or Kathua region. The detachment is in touch with an ISI's Colonel Masood Khan.

Non-Violent
January 27

Tral area / Pulwama District

Four persons, including a CO of the Army, a HC of the SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police and two militants were killed in an encounter with militants in Tral area of Pulwama District. Army's 42 RR and SOG and 185 CRPF cordoned off Handoora village after receiving information about presence of two HM militants. The militants hiding in the house of Jalal-ud-Din Khan opened fire on the search party of the troops injuring CO of the 42 RR, Colonel Munindra Nath Rai, Signalman Nilesh Kumar and Police HC, Sanjeev Singh. While being evacuated to the Army Hospital, Srinagar, Colonel Munindra Nath Rai and HC Sanjeev Singh succumbed to their injuries. The gun battle continued for about an hour in which two militants identified as Abid Ahmad Khan alias Hamza and Sheraz Ahmad Dar were killed. 2 AK rifles, 4 AK magazines, many rounds of AK rifle and one hand grenade were recovered from the encounter site.

Violent
February 20

Amrai Nullah / Chilli/Doda District

A joint team of Army, SSB and Police recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition from a hideout of the militants from Amrai Nullah in Chilli area of Doda District. Recoveries made from the spot included one AK-47 rifle, two 12 bore rifles, one country made pistol, two muzzle loaded rifles, four AK-47 magazines, 150 rounds of AK-47 and 100 rounds of 7.6 mm. The seized ammunition belonged to HM outfit, whose one of the militant was active in the area in the recent past. Sources said with the recoveries, Army, SSB and Police have foiled designs of the HM outfit to revive militancy in Doda District, which has otherwise been completely wiped out from the District.

Non-violent
February 24

Shopian District

One militant of HM, identified as Ashiq Hussain Dar (23) was killed in fierce gun battle with SF personnel in Shopian District. After receiving inputs for presence of two HM militants in Hef Shermal village of Shopian District, Army's 55 Rashtriya Rifles, Police's SOG and CRPF cordoned off Hef Shermal village and launched searches. As they were conducting searches, the militants hiding in a house fired upon the troops triggering a gun battle. The firing continued for several hours and one of the militants is dead.

Violent
February 25

Shopian District

Two militants of HM, identified as Shabir Ahmad and Aashiq Ahmad Dar were killed and four Army personnel, including a Major, injured in an encounter in Shopian District. The encounter began on February 24 after SF personnel received specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Hef Shermal village of Shopian District.

Violent
February 28

Tral / Pulwama District

Two HM militants, identified as Shabir Mir and Idris Ahmad Shah were killed in an encounter at Tral in Pulwama District. A defense spokesperson said "Based on specific intelligence about presence of two militants, a coordinated joint operation was launched by Rashtriya Rifles units of Army and the SOG of Police, resulting into killing of two hardcore militants." The SFs also recovered 2 AK 47 rifles, 6 magazines and 90 rounds of AK 47 from the encounter site.

Violent
April 1 Srinagar District

HM chief Syed Salahuddin claimed Constable Nisar Ahmad Pandit, the PSO of Jammu and Kashmir R&B Minister Altaf Bukhari, who went missing from Srinagar along with two rifles on March 28, had joined his outfit.

Statement
April 5 Jammu and Kashmir

UHM officials said that Pakistan Army and its intelligence agency, ISI have directed the militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir not to carry out attacks on civilians but to target SFs leading to spurt in casualties among men in uniform. Officials said the killing of three Policemen by militants on April 6, in Kashmir valley was a clear indication about the plans of the Pakistan-sponsored groups. Quoting intelligence inputs, the officials said the directive of ISI and Pakistan Army to terrorist groups like JeM, LeT and HM came following international pressure as global powers have joined hands against terrorist violence on innocent civilians.

Statement
April 13 Tral / Pulwama District

One militant identified as Khalid Bashir, cousin of HM 'commander', was killed during an encounter with SFs in Kamla forest area of Buchoo in Tral in South Kashmir's Pulwama District. "The terrorist were effectively engaged and one terrorist was eliminated. Search of the area led to recovery of the body of the slain terrorist, two AK 47 rifles and large quantity of war like stores', said a Defence spokesman. Army detained three persons from the forest area and they have been handed over to the Police for questioning. Soon after the news about killing of a man reached Tral, people protested against it alleging that he was a civilian.

Violent
April 14 Tral / Pulwama District

32 people including, 20 Policemen, were injured in clashes in Tral in South Kashmir's Pulwama District when protests continued for the second day against killing of Khalid Muzafar Wani, brother of HM commander by Army on April 13. Protesters snatched one rifle from a CRPF personal during the clashes.

Violent
May 10

Shopian District

SF personnel launched search operations for the militants responsible for the grenade attack at a busy market in Shopian District on May 9 in which 15 people were injured. Reports said that Police and Army cordoned off Mimander area after reports of Waseem Malla, a top HM 'commander' hiding in the area.

Non-Violent
May 11

Halmulla / Sangam area / Anantnag District

An ASI of CRPF was among two CRPF personnel killed in a militant attack on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway near Halmulla in Sangam area in Anantnag District. The militants, believed to be three in number, fired from point blank range on two CRPF personnel identified as ASI Omkar Singh and Constable Tilak Raj, who died on the spot. Militants snatched an AK-47 rifle and a magazine from the ASI and the INSAS rifle from the Constable. However, the INSAS rifle was later found in a nearby canal. HM militant outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Violent
May 13

Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Police and 42 RR busted a joint module of HM and JeM outfits in Srinagar, who were planning to attack soft targets like security guards and snatch weapons from the SFs. Police said that they arrested two members of the module identified as Suhail Majeed Bhat, resident of Noorpora and Gulzar Ahmad Dar, resident of Nagbal Tral during the operation. The duos were involved in grenade attacks in the past. During the questioning, the duos revealed that they were working for JeM commander, Adil Pathan and Zakir of HM outfit.

Non-Violent
May 17

Kishtwar District

Army and Police recovered large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosive from a hideout of HM militants at Chandali forests in Kishtwar District and foiled plan by the militants to carry out terror strikes in the sensitive District. Recoveries included one AK-47 rifle, one AK-56 rifle, two pistols, , one USA made radio set, two Under Barrel Grenade launchers (UBGLs), two batteries, two printers, nine hand grenades, seven UBGL grenades, six AK magazines, two pistol magazines, 315 AK rounds, 12 pistol rounds and one bipole antenna. However, no arrests have been made in connection with the recoveries, sources said.

Non-Violent
May 19

Heff Shirmal / Shopian District

Two Army personnel were injured in an encounter at Heff Shirmal in South Kashmir's Shopian District, while SFs claimed to have trapped two top militants of HM, identified as 'commander' Waseem Malla and his associate Saddam Paddar. Acting on specific information about the presence of militants at Lonepora village in Heff Shirmal area of Shopian, Army's 55 RR and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned off the area and during the searches militants hiding in the area fired on Army party injuring two of them.

Violent
May 20

Shopian District

A HM top 'commander' and his associate who were trapped by SF personnel on May 19 in a village managed to flee the cordon in Shopian District.

Non-Violent
May 28

Sopore town / Baramulla District

Intelligence agencies said that Lashkar-e-Islam is a front for HM and has been operational in Sopore town of Baramulla District and adjoining Districts for some time. IG of Police (Kashmir range) Syed Javaid Mujtaba Geelani said that HM responsible for the killings and threatening people linked to the telecom sector in North Kashmir. Sopore SP Abdul Qayoom also said "Although the Police are investigating Lashkar-e-Islam and its motive, what we can say is it could be a shadow group of LeT or even HM."

Statement
June 3

Sopore town / Baramulla District

Police arrested four HM militants after attacks on mobile towers in Sopore town of Baramulla District. DIG, North Kashmir, Garib Dass said "We've restored 90% telecom network in north Kashmir including in Kupwara, Handwara, Sopore, Baramulla, Pattan and Bandipora. Now, there are places where we have technical shortages and we are working to restore that as well. Wherever there is threat, Police are ready to face it, but we won't allow any harm to civilians. If the need arises, we will shift towers as well. We can relocate them. Our special teams have been patrolling. SOG and CRPF would be deployed in critical areas and spots."

Non-Violent
June 5

Handwara area / Pulwama District

Police arrested four associates of HM militant for attacks on telecommunication towers in Handwara area of Pulwama District. The attack on the towers in Handwara took place on May 30, 2015. However, no damage was done

Non-Violent
June 17

Sopore town / Baramulla District

In a major crackdown during the recent years against the gunmen who killed four people with separatist links, SF personnel arrested four dozen suspects from Sopore town in Baramulla District. The crackdown was launched after around 600 men form specialist counter-insurgency force who had already served in Sopore town in the past were brought for conducting the operation against splinter HM group that is being held responsible by the Police for killing of the four men. Sources said that majority of them were let off with a rider that they will report in the respective Police Stations for investigations. However, around one dozen are still in Police custody for questioning.

Non-Violent
June 17

Jammu and Kashmir

HM supreme commander Syed Salahuddin at a press conference rejected allegations that his group was behind recent killings in Jammu and Kashmir, and instead termed these incidents a "handiwork of Indian intelligence agencies". He said "We strongly condemn those killings. No mujahideen group can resort to such steps. In fact, it's the handiwork of Indian agencies and their stooges."

Statement
June 28 Srinagar

The 'splinter' group of HM headed by Qayoom Najjar is turning out to be a new hardline militant group in Kashmir with militants from other outfits like JeM and LeT rallying around it. Police blames Najjar's group for attacks on telecom companies leading to breakdown of telecommunications for some days in Kashmir valley. Police also holds them responsible for killings of four activists of APHC-G and former militants in Sopore area. Sources revealed that the group has already spread its tentacles in Srinagar and South Kashmir and is emerging as a new militant group in Kashmir valley that will pose a major security challenge to the Government in future. Security agencies have apprehensions that a large numbers of self-radicalised youth can join them in future, making this group one of the powerful militant groups in Kashmir valley.

Statement
July 1 Saimoh village / Tral town / Pulwama District

Two militants escaped after receiving bullet injuries in a brief exchange of fire with Army in Saimoh village of Tral town in Pulwama District. According to Police, the injured militants are Ishfaq Ahmad and Asif Ahmad Mir affiliated with HM.

Violent
July 1 Srinagar

In an audacious move, 11 young militants, who recently joined the HM, posted their photographs on Facebook. Those in the photograph include ex-Constable of Jammu & Kashmir Police Naseer, who ran away with two AK-47 rifles while on guard duty with Altaf Bukhari, a minister in the Mufti Sayeed-headed Government, and Burhan Wani, a resident of Tral, who has emerged as the young face of HM in the valley.

Non-Violent
July 12 Shopian and Kulgam / south Kashmir

In yet another audacious move, the HM has uploaded a video of its militants training in Army fatigues with assault rifles and cracking jokes on Facebook. The video shows 11 militants roaming in the orchards of Yaripora, a place located between Shopian and Kulgam in south Kashmir. They are seen loading their assault rifles and cracking jokes, sources said. Analysts closely watching the situation in the Valley, feel the banned terror outfit was trying to engage in a "psychological warfare" by audaciously posting these pictures and videos to "break" the morale of the security agencies, which have launched fresh anti-militancy operations in south Kashmir after a brief lull.

Non-Violent
July 13 Kulgam District

Police busted a financing module of HM militant outfit with the arrest of three persons, including brother of an alleged active militant, along with INR 1.75 million and 33 fake golden coins in Kulgam District. Police said that Mudasir Ahmad Sheikh, Mushtaq Ahmad Kumbay and Mohammad Iqbal Khan alias Manzoor were arrested for their involvement in running a HM financing module.

Violent
July 23 Jammu and Kashmir

HM disowned one of its members for his involvement in the killing of innocent people, recent attacks on telecom towers and character assassination of separatists. HM spokesman Salim Hashmi said "HM's investigations found Abdul Qayoom Najar violated the outfit's constitution and carried out the condemnable acts in an utter disregard to the leadership. Such anti-people activities always prove counterproductive for the freedom movement and advertently or inadvertently such acts help the anti-freedom movement elements."

Statement
August 3 Srinagar

Police said that they busted a HM module headed by a UK based physiotherapist that was tasked to carry out IED attacks in Srinagar. A Police spokesman said that a sleeper cell of HM functioning illegally under the command of self-styled commander Dr Shahid Ahmad Baba.

Violent
August 9

Jammu and Kashmir

Army and Police said that more Kashmiri youth joining militants becoming a source of major worry. Mujtaba Gilani, IG of Police, Kashmir Range, said that HM and LeT are luring the state's youth in bigger numbers now. "There has definitely been a rise in local recruitment since last year," Gilani said. Seeing a definite pattern in the rise in local recruitment by militant outfits and the increasing attempts at infiltration from across the border, DGP of Jammu and Kashmir K Rajendra Kumar said these clearly point towards a serious effort to intensify separatist violence in the state.

Statement
August 12 Shopian District

Militants fired at a vehicle carrying Army personnel in Shopian District critically injuring a soldier. Reports said Army men of 44-Rashtriya Rifles were travelling in a Sumo vehicle bearing registration number JK04-5205 and it was fired upon by militants at Thairana in Shopian District. One Army man identified as Puboo Ram was injured in the militant firing. Reports said that it was HM commander, Waseem Malla and his three associates who opened fire on Army. However, reports said that they fled after carrying out the attack.

Violent
August 13 Shopian District

A grenade put in a steel glass was placed in the compound of Mohammad Yaqoob Malla at Pehlipora in Shopian District. Malla's son Waseem Ahmad Malla is the most wanted HM 'commander' in the District. However, the inmates didn't touch the grenade and locals informed the Police and it was later defused. A senior Police officer said that preliminary investigations reveal that both the devices were ARGES grenades which were put inside an inverted glass with the pin removed. "It is a very powerful grenade and has not been used by militants since many years for being heavy. It was placed in such a way on the road that some person may stumble and the glass would fall thus priming the grenade.

Violent
August 26 Kashmir

HM militant Burhan Wani (21), who has become the new face of militancy in Kashmir, has released a first-ever video message in which he talks about 'jihad'. In the five minute 38 second video clip circulated through WhatsApp and other social networking sites, Burhan, asks Kashmiri youth to join militancy, he cautions young boys and girls not to become informers for the Army and Police and tells Police personnel not to harass the family members and stop fighting against them.

Non-Violent
August 27 Gad Nullah / Shalog village / Kishtwar District

Army and Police neutralised a militant hideout and recovered large quantity of arms and ammunition from Gad Nullah near Shalog village in Kishtwar District. Recoveries made from the hideout included one AK rifle with three magazines and 562 rounds, one UBGL with eight grenades, 11 rounds of .303 rifles, one satellite telephone, four radio sets, 12 hand grenades, four pistol magazines and two binoculars. Sources said the hideout belonged to the HM as some militants of the outfit were still at large in the District.

Violent
September 2 South Kashmir

Police arrested six persons who upload pictures and videos of HM militants on social networking sites from South Kashmir. The pictures and videos of militants based in South Kashmir have been making rounds of social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter from nearly two months. The pictures and videos are also being circulated on messaging application 'whatsapp'. Police arrested six persons from different parts of South Kashmir so far and they are being questioned to identify other such elements.

Non-Violent
September 9 Nowgam Sector / Kupwara District

The HM outfit claimed that its Border Squad killed two BSF troopers and decamped with their sophisticated rifles in Nowgam Sector in Kupwara District.

Statement
September 9 Kashmir valley

A militant module of HM busted by the J&K Police last month was planning to target retired Police officers who had worked in counter-insurgency operations besides carrying out IED blast against Army convoys in remote areas of Kashmir valley. As per the interrogation report of the recently arrested UK based Kashmiri Physiotherapist, Shaheen Ahmad Baba, militants have been told to target the former Police officers who were with the SOG of J&K Police. Baba was directed by Amir Khan (Deputy supreme commander of HM) to target senior retired police officers who had played an active role in counter-insurgency operations over the years. Baba was also told by his handlers across to collect information about the activities of two middle rung APHC leaders, both from Central Kashmir, who were working for Indian agencies. However, Baba told interrogators, he didn't get time to keep a tab on their activities.

Non-Violent
September 14 Pattan area / Baramulla District

In a major setback to HM splinter group, LeI, headed by Qayoom Najjar, three of his associates were found dead in Pattan area in Baramulla District. The locals found three bullet ridden bodies of Amir Reshi (17), Ashiq Wani (21), and Naveed Ahmad Khan, in local orchards of Shutz Dangerpora village on Nihalpora-Wailo road in Pattan area. Immediately after the incident, there were protests in Pattan area and the town observed shut down. The militant trios were identified as aides of Qayoom Najjar whose group as per Police was behind the attacks on cellular companies and killing of three former militants, one of whom was member of hard line separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's outfit.

Violent
September 16 Baramulla District

The central security establishment rubbished HM chief Syed Salahuddin's claims that the three men found dead in an orchard in Baramulla District on September 14, were HM cadres who were killed in custody by SFs. Intelligence sources claim the three were killed at the behest of HM commanders and the blame "conveniently" heaped on the SFs so as to trigger unrest in the Valley.

Non-Violent
September 19 Tangmarg area / Baramulla District

Violent protests broke out, in Tangmarg area in Baramulla District, after bullet ridden body of a HM militant was found. The body of senior HM militant Fayaz Ahmad of Wailoo village of Pattan was recovered by locals in a paddy field in Deebugh Kunzar (Tangmarg) in Baramulla District. Police, reached the spot and took the body for post-mortem. In the meantime, scores of people assembled in Kunzer and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations, allege SOG's hand in the killing of the HM militant, to which SFs burst numerous teargas canisters to disperse the angry stone throwing youth.

Violent
September 21 Delhi

A Delhi court said it would on September 24 pass an order on framing of charges in a case in which HM 'chief' Syed Salahuddin was charge sheeted for allegedly receiving nearly INR 800 million funds from Pakistan to carry out terror activities across India. The NIA had charge sheeted Salahuddin and 11 others, including eight who are based in Pakistan and declared proclaimed offenders by court earlier.

Statement
September 22 Awantipora / Pulwama District

Police said a HM militant was killed in a brief gunfight at Awantipora in Pulwama District. After receiving specific input about the presence of militant, the SFs including Police's SOG, the army's 55 RR and 130 Battalion of CRPF cordoned off Kawani village in Awantipora District. "As the searches were underway, the hiding militants fired upon search parties triggering an encounter," A senior Police officer said, adding one HM militant was killed in the gunfight. The slain militant has been identified as Muzamil Ahmad Dar, resident of Chhaterpora in Shopian District. Sources said that there were three militants hiding in the area and two managed to escape. DIG of Police, Nitish Kumar said that two grenades were recovered from the possession of slain Muzamil. He said that two of his associates managed to escape from the encounter spot and they also took away his rifle after he was hit by a bullet.

Violent
September 23 Awantipora / Pulwama District

A day after claiming that the youth killed in Awantipora in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir on September 22, was a HM militant, Police said he was "not a listed militant in police records but only had militant links." (IGP, Kashmir Range), Syed Javid Mujtaba Gillani said the slain youth "was not a listed militant in police records but has been moving around with militants for more than a year." He said during the gunfight on September 22, "Muzamil was seen hurling grenades on police and Army's search party. So he certainly had strong militant links." The family of Muzamil, however, refuted the police version, saying he was innocent and killed in "stage-managed" encounter.

Statement
October 1 Pulwama District

NIA probing August 5 attack on BSF convoy at Udhampur, has announced cash reward on six LeT and HM militants through posters in South Kashmir's Pulwama District. The posters written in Urdu and English, were pasted by the NIA at different places in Pulwama including Kakapora hamlet. The NIA announced cash rewards for informants leading to arrest of these militants which include LeT 'commander' Abu Dujana, who is deputy of outfit's 'divisional commander' and Udhampur attack mastermind Abu Qasim. The other militants include Adil Sher Gujri alias Abu Baqir of Handarpora in Kakapora (LeT), Mu'een Kachroo alias Altaf Dar of Hawoora in Kulgam District (HM), Aashiq Hussain Bhat alias Ubaia of Chursoo in Awantipora (LeT), Majid Zargar alias Talha of Qoimoh in Kulgam (LeT) and Manzoor Ahmad Bhat alias Fahadullah of Samboora in Pampore (LeT). The NIA has announced INR 800,000 each on the heads of Dujana, Adil and Mu'een while INR 500,000 have been announced on the heads of Ashiq, Majid and Manzoor. The NIA has given two mobile numbers, an email and a postal address for information sharing. Last month on September 3, the NIA in the same way announced INR 1 million cash reward on Abu Qasim and INR 500,000 on Abu Okasha.

Non-Violent
October 12 J&K

The J&K Police have weaned away around 40 young men, mostly from south Kashmir, from joining the terror outfit HM by tracking their activities on social media, an unnamed senior UHM official said. Security agencies in Kashmir are grappling with a growing number of youths joining the militant ranks and the authorities are nipping these attempts in the bud by identifying the probable recruits on the basis of their activities.

Non-Violent
October 13 Awantipora / Pulwama District

Two persons were injured in an encounter between militants and SFs in Dogripora village of Awantipora in Pulwama District. Acting on information, that two local militants of HM were trapped inside a residential house, the SOG of J&K Police and Army's 55 RR cordoned off the villages. As the SFs cordoned off the village, militants opened fire on them leading to a gun battle in which a local boy and a girl, identified as 12 year old Iqra and 17 year Owais, were injured.

Violent
October 15 Chenab Valley / Doda District

Two militants, who had deserted the Police Force 38 days back, were killed in an operation in Chenab Valley's Doda District. IGP, Jammu Zone, Danish Rana, said, "We were tracking them. The area has been free of militancy for the past several years. These two SPOs had run away with weapons but we eliminated them within shortest period." The slain SPOs, who had joined the HM in the first week of September, were identified as Ghulam Nabi Mangnoo alias Maulvi code name Gulla Tailor, and Riaz Ahmed.

Violent
October 16 Pulwama town / Pulwama District

Two civilians were injured in crossfire during an operation launched to arrest HM militants in Pulwama town in Pulwama District. Acting on specific information about the movement of militants in a Bus Stand, SFs had launched an operation in which an OGW, identified as Tariq Ahmad, was arrested while his accomplices fled by firing on Police at crowded place in which the two civilians were injured. The civilian duo was identified as Rehti Begum and Reyaz Ahmad Teli, both residents of Arihal Pulwama. SSP Pulwama, Tejinder Singh said that militants had come to the town for weapon snatching which was foiled. "They had planned to snatch weapon in the town. They had weapons and a sharp edged weapon. They were looking for some target to snatch weapon", he added.

Violent
October 19 J&K

Police authorities have activated their Cyber Crime Cells all over Jammu and Kashmir with specific direction to keep strict vigil on online campaign launched by LeT and HM outfits to lure youth into the militancy and other anti-national activities like stone pelting, hosting of flags etc.. The Cells would detect the campaigners, try to identify and nab them. "We have intercepted a number of online messages of the anti-national elements including militants of the LeT and HM in the recent past, which were aimed at facilitating recruitment of the youth into militancy and other undesirable activities like stone pelting, hoisting of flags, raising slogans etc. The practice needs to be curbed before more youth are lured by the anti-national elements,'' sources said, adding the Police authorities have assigned the task to Cyber Crime Cells all over the State to watch such activities online 247, try to detect the militants and their agents and apprehend them to stop the campaign.

Non-Violent
October 22 Manzimpora / Shopian District

Two HM militants, identified as Irshad Ahmad and Adil Khanday, were killed in an encounter at Manzimpora in South Kashmir's Shopian District. Army's 62 RR and SOG of J&K Police had launched a joint cordon-and-search operation in apple orchards in Manzimpora area of Shopian, when Militants hiding in the area opened firing on Police and Army leading to a gun battle. A large quantity of arms, ammunition and other war like stores has been recovered from the slain terrorists. SSP Shopian, Altaf Khan, said Adil Khanday was A-category militant and was active in the area for past 3 years and Irshad Ahmad who had done Masters in Islamic Studies was active for one year. Khan said both the duo was associated with the militant group headed by Burhan Ahmad Wani of Tral and also surfaced in recent videos and photographs released by the outfit.

Violent
October 26 Pulwama District

A JCO of the Army and two HM militants were killed in an encounter in Pulwama District of South Kashmir. Army's 44 RR and SOG cordoned off Drabgam village of Pulwama after they received specific information about the presence of militants in the village. Militants opened fire on the troops leading to a gun battle. The SFs killed both the militants, identified as Afaq-Ullah-Bhat of Karimabad and Abdul Manan Dar of Amarbugh, Shopian, while a JCO, KVS Reddy, of 44 RR, injured in the encounter, later succumbed to injuries.

Violent
October 30 Srinagar

Violent protests broke out in Srinagar, after Friday prayers after SFs disallowed a requiem prayer for the LeT 'commander', Abu Qasim, who was killed in an encounter in Kulgam District on October 29. Protesters, mainly youths, took to the main entrance of the Jamia Masjid in the old city and tried to offer prayers for the militant. Some youths flagged the banners of HM 'commander' Burhan Wani, who is still active in south Kashmir. The protesters hurled rocks and threw back tear-gas shells at the SF personnel. Scores of people, including SF personnel, were injured in the clashes. There were protests and spontaneous shutdown in the three Districts of Kulgam, Pulwama and Anantnag in south Kashmir over the killing of Qasim.

Violent
November 23 Anantnag District

Three militants were killed in an encounter in South Kashmir. Police, 3-RR of Army and CRPF cordoned off Siligam village in Ashmuqam area of Anantnag District of South Kashmir after reports about presence of a group of HM militants in the village. The militants tried to flee from the village once it was cordoned off but after finding SFs cordon all around they fired at the troops who retaliated leading to a gun battle. Three HM militants were killed in the gun battle. They have been identified as Sartaj Ahmad Lone of Wopzan, Adil Ahmad Sheikh of Sheikh Mohalla and Tanveer Ahamd Bhat of Baba Mohalla, all in Bijbehara in the District. Three AK-47 riffles, six magazines, one UBGL, three UBGL grenades, one pistol with magazine were recovered from the encounter site.

Violent
November 24 Anantnag District

Thousands of youth stoned J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's ancestral house before hoisting a Pakistani flag on it at Bijbehara in Anantnag District to protest against the killing of three HM militants - Sartaj Ahmad Lone, Adil Ahmad Sheikh and Tanveer Ahamd Bhat. Reports said the protesters had taken to the streets in Bijbehara to offer funeral prayers to the three militants who were killed in a gunfight on November 23. The slogan-shouting youth clashed with SFs before targeting Mufti's house. Also, normal life across the Kashmir valley was partially affected due to shutdown called by separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani to protest the killing.

Violent
November 27 Srinagar

Clashes and 'protests' broke out at multiple places in Kashmir Valley including in summer capital Srinagar after Friday prayers against detentions and militant killings. Dozens of masked youths assembled outside Jama Masjid in Nowhatta area of Old City in Srinagar after Friday congregation prayers and resorted to stone-pelting on SFs. During stone-pelting, some youth waved flags of IS and. In Maisuma area of city centre, the activists of APHC led by Syed Ali Geelani staged a protest against the detention of conglomerate chairman Geelani and other leaders. The separatist activists were seeking "unconditional and immediate" release of Hurriyat leaders. Police detained some of the protesters, including Imtiyaz Haider. A peaceful 'protest rally' was taken out in Bijbehara town of Anantnag District after Friday prayers against the death of three local HM militants early this week. The town observed shutdown for the fourth day against the killing of the three militants.

Violent
November 29 Srinagar

The Intelligence agencies of the Government of India have put all financial institutions including banks in both Government and private sectors on high alert following reports that dreaded militant outfits like LeT and HM have generated funds worth several crores from within the country and abroad to step-up militancy in India especially J&K. Official sources said that reports available with the Intelligence agencies on the basis of investigations conducted by financial wings revealed that the two militant outfits, which were being run through 'remote control' from Pakistan and were instrumental in inflicting several casualties of security forces and civilians, had received funds from abroad running into several crores and used them for funding militancy and financing families of both working and slain terrorists. Reports revealed that the two militant outfits had specifically received funds from various Gulf nations and Pakistan apart from some other countries. However, majority of funds had come from Gulf and Pakistan. Some of the funds had also been received from a couple of States within the country. There had been reports that the money had been distributed by both the outfits among their cadre including militants, their families, kin of slain militants and OGWs to sustain the militancy, which had suffered major reverses over the past few years.

Statement
December 1 Yaripora area / Shopian District

SFs arrested a HM militant from Harmain village in the Yaripora area of Shopian District. Two hand grenades, one Chinese grenade and AK 47 rounds were recovered from his possession. The arrested militant was identified as Nawaz Ahmad Najar son of Abdul Hamid Najar resident Harmain Shopian.

Non-Violent
December 7 Bijbehara / Anantnag District

Six CRPF personnel were injured when militants opened firing on their convoy near Green Tunnel at Samthan in Bijbehara in South Kashmir's Anantnag District. The militants left first few vehicles and targeted two vehicles in the convoy and fled after the attack taking the cover of dense trees. CRPF spokesman, Ashish Kumar Jha, said that three militants in Army fatigues appeared from nearby fields at Sangam in Anantnag near Bijbehara this morning at around 10 am and fired at CRPF convoy. "It was some sort of a Fidayeen attack on the convoy. The militants had planned a proper and big attack on our security forces. But due to alertness of the CRPF Road Opening Patrol deployed on the highway the attack was thwarted. Otherwise, it would have been a major attack," Jha said. The HM outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack. LeT spokesman, Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi, also claimed responsibility for the attack on the CRPF convoy.

Violent
December 19 Kupwara District

A HM militant was arrested in a joint operation by SFs in the frontier District of Kupwara. On a tip off, 21 RR and SOG of J&K, conducted a search operation at Khurmorah Rajwara forest area in Handwara in the District and arrested the militant, identified as Falak Noor, who was active for the last two years in the area.

Non-Violent
December 23 Tral / Pulwama District

Police announced reward for the informants of seven wanted militants of HM belonging to Tral area of South Kashmir's Pulwama District by circulating posters. As per Police sources, these militants are wanted for various militancy related incidents in South Kashmir including threatening the Panchs and Sarpanchs of the area and attacking them. They are also wanted for attacks on SFs.

Non-Violent
December 24 Bijbehara / Anantnag District

A Police officer was among two Policemen critically injured in a militant attack at Bijbehara in Anantnag District. The injured are SDPO Bijbehara and Constable Tanveer Ahmad. HM militant claimed responsibility for the attack.

Violent

 

 

 

 

 
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