Incidents and Statements involving Hizb-ul-Mujahideen:
Nature of incident
| January 10
Awantipora in Pulwama District
SFs including 55 RR and SOG
Awantipora cordon off Khandaypora, Awantipora in Pulwama District.
They had information about presence of Reyaz Naiku of HM and
his associates in the village. However, the operation was later
The three militants killed in the overnight gun
battle with SFs in Anantnag District of J&K on January 16, were
affiliated with HM and were identified as Abid Sheikh, son of
Farooq Sheikh, resident of Satkipora Srigufwara, Maqsood Ahmad
Sheikh alias Masoom, son of Ghulam Nabi, resident of Bewoora Srigufwara,
and Adil Reshi, son of Mushtaq Ahmad, resident of Iqbal Mohalla
in Bijbehara. Three AK-47 rifles, 9 magazines, 80 rounds and 3
pouches were recovered from the encounter site. Police said that
Adil Reshi was involved in number of incidents. Adil along with
Amir Nabi alias Ibn Qasim was involved in attack on SDPO Bijbehara
and his PSO on 24th of December 2015. The 1-Sector Commander of
RR Brigadier R Chakraborty stated, "It is a major success as their
moving freely and preparing a video, in which they were playing
with snow, appeared that they were challenging us." The Commander
urged the rest of the militants of the group to join mainstream.
"I urge rest of the three militants to surrender and join mainstream",
he said. He further said that they were all A category militants
with one each being A++ and A+. "They are part of a six member
militant group that recently appeared in a video playing in snow.
We ensured that there is no collateral damage during the encounter",
SFs arrested Arzoo Bashir, a militant of HM, from
Tral area in Pulwama District. Sources said that the SFs conducted
an operation in Tral area during which they arrested the HM militant
who was active in the area and one pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition
were recovered from his possession.
Two top militants of the LeT outfit were killed
in a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar in Ganderbal District.
Following a tip off about the presence of militants in Hadoora,
Shuhama area in Ganderbal District, Police from Srinagar and Ganderbal
along with 5-RR and CRPF cordoned off the area and launched the
search operation. "The hiding militants opened fire on joint search
party which was retaliated, triggering an encounter during which
two militants of LeT were killed. Two AK-47 rifles, one grenade,
six magazines and 180 rounds of AK ammunition were recovered from
the encounter site", SSP, Ganderbal, Imtiaz Ismail Parray, said.
The two LeT militants have been identified as Qari Hanzullah and
Anas Bilal and both of them were residents of Pakistan. They were
associates of top LeT 'commander' Abu Hurraira who is operating
from Dachigam area in the outskirts of Srinagar for last several
years. They were operating in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts
since January 22, 2013 and had recently started coordinating with
Police and SFs thwarted a major terrorist action
by killing two HM militants in an encounter in Sopore area in
Baramulla District. SFs launched an operation in Amargarh area
in Sopore following information about presence of militants in
the area. When challenged, the militants lobbed a grenade and
fired upon the Police party in which SP operation Baramulla, Shafqat
Hussain and SI, Mohammad Murtaza were injured. Two AK series rifles,
one pistol, four hand grenades and other arms and ammunition was
recovered from the encounter site. The two militants have been
identified as Azhar Khan of Kupwara and Sajjad Ahmed Lone, a resident
of Eidipora Bomai in Sopore. Sajjad had gone to Pakistan in March
2016 via Wagah border.
Sub-Judge/Judicial Magistrate first Class, Rajesh
Kumar ID Abrol of Chadoora in Budgam District, denied bail to
two militants of HM outfit. According to the prosecution case,
the militants identified as Younis Bashir of Checkpora and Adil
Ahmed of Lasjan were arrested under Sections 419, 506, 387, 511
and 120B RPC at Nowgam Police Station on the basis of the complaint
filed by Mohammad Amin Bhat of Checkpora. These militants were
demanding INR 500,000 from the complainant for HM outfit with
the warning that he and his family will face the consequences
of death if the complainant failed to follow their directive.
Eight persons including four militants, two Army
personnel and equal number of civilians were killed and around
24 civilians were injured in an encounter followed by clashes
in Kulgam District. Acting on specific information about the presence
of militants in Nagbal, Frisal area of the District, Kulgam Police
along with 1-RR and 18th Battalion of CRPF cordoned off the suspected
house and started the search operation, Police said. The four
militants killed in the encounter were identified as Farooq Ahmad
Bhat of Checki Dessand, Mohammad Younis Lone of Hawoora, both
were HM militants and Mudisir Ahmad Tantary alias Assim
of Redwani Kulgam and Wakeel Ahmad Thoker of Hadigam, both were
LeT militants. Two AK rifles, two pistols, one INSAS rifle and
ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. Further, people
in the area came out in street as the encounter was in progress
and pelted stones on SFs near the encounter site. The SFs fired
teargas and pellets in which around two dozen persons were injured,
out of which one Mushtaq Ibrahim Itoo succumbed to his injuries.
A militant was arrested in a joint operation by
Police, Army and CRPF in Srinagar. The militant was identified
as Irshad Ahmad Bhat of Wailoo, Pattan in North Kashmir. "The
accused offender Irshad has been an active militant of HM terrorist
outfit who had joined militant ranks after killing of his militant
father Fayaz Ahmad Bhat in inter gang rivalry in year 2015", SSP
Baramulla, Imtiaz Hussain, said. One AK series rifle, 2 AK magazines,
one Chinese pistol, one pistol magazine, four hand grenades and
other ammunition were recovered from the possession of the militant.
||Awantipora area / Pulwama District
SFs arrested a HM militant, identified as Hilal
Ahmad Bhat from Dahwatoo in Awantipora area in Pulwama District.
Two Chinese grenades, one camouflage uniform, one knife and some
other incriminating material were also recovered from Bhat's possession,
said Police. Bhat had joined the HM ranks recently, the official
said adding a case under relevant sections of the RPC have been
registered against him.
||Tral / Pulwama District
At least two militants, identified as Aqib Molvi
of Tral and Umar of Pakistan and one J&K Police constable, identified
as Manzoor Ahmad Naik of Uri were killed while an Army major and
four CRPF personnel were injured during an encounter between SFs
and militants which started on March 4 evening in Shikargah in
Tral in Pulwama District. According to reports, the house where
the militants were hiding has been demolished by the SFs. The
identity of the militants hasn't been revealed yet. However, at
least two HM terrorists, including the right hand man of slain
Hizbul 'commander' Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat, were believed to
be trapped in the encounter, sources said.
||Bemina area / Srinagar District
The J&K Police busted a HM module by arresting
its three suspected members, identified as Reyaz Ahmad Wani, Ikhlaq
Ahmad Khanday and Tawseeul-Nabi in Bemina area of Srinagar District.
The Police recovered two pistols, two pistol Magazines, 20 rounds,
four grenades, one wireless set and a packet of explosive substance
from the militants. During preliminary investigation the trio
said they were working with Jehangir, an active militant in Kishtwar,
the Police said.
||Bandipora /Bandipora District
A HM militant, identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Seergojri
was killed and an Army major injured in a shootout near Police
Station in Bandipora in Bandipora District in the evening. A joint
team of Army and SOG of J&K Police had laid a naka following specific
inputs about the movement of militants. A militant who was travelling
in a vehicle opened fire on Army in which Army Major was injured.
In the retaliatory fire, the militant was gunned down. One pistol
and a grenade were recovered from his possession.
HM militant Zakir Rashid Bhat, who took over from
Burhan Wani who was killed in an encounter July 2016, has urged
Kashmiri Muslim youths to pelt stones at SFs in the name of Islam,
rubbishing Hurriyat's claim that the militant movement was "secular"
or for "freedom" and Kashmiri "nationalism". In a 12-minute video,
circulated widely on social media, Zakir Rashid Bhat, alias
Zakir Musa, is seen preaching violence in the name of Islam. The
terror outfit also separately directed voters to boycott the upcoming
by-polls for two parliamentary seats and panchayat polls in the
Valley. "When you pelt stones, don't think you're helping just
one Musa or one mujahideen. You must do it to help and protect
Islam," Musa said. "We'll hoist Islam's flag in our Kashmir one
day," he proclaimed. Wearing an Afghan cap, a beige coat over
a brown sweater, Musa appeared to be imitating Wani's strategy
of using Islamic State (IS)-style videos and social media propaganda
to lure youth into militancy. Calling Kashmiri informers and J&K
Police "kafir" (infidel), Musa said both deserve to be
killed. "We're fighting for Islam. We want to be martyrs for our
A HM militant wanted for arson and looting last
year, identified as Sabzar Ahmed Mantoo, was arrested from a house
in Thakrakot area in Reasi District. According to Police, the
captured militant was associated with HM outfit and had been involved
in arson and looting incident under Police Station DH Pora in
Jammu and Kashmir
Terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir has declined
in the aftermath of surgical strikes executed by the Army in September
2016, the Union Government said in Parliament. According to statistics
furnished by the Government in reply to a question in the Rajya
Sabha, terrorist incidents fell to 87 between October 1 and December
31, 2016, from 110 between July 1 and September 30, 2016. Union
Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the House
that 34 SFs were killed in the three months prior to the surgical
strikes, while 19 died in the subsequent quarter. Civilian killings
also fell from 7 to 6 in the corresponding period. According to
sources, the fall in number of terrorist incidents is largely
on account of weakening of violent protests that broke out after
HM 'commander' Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter in July.
Law and order disturbances peaked in the Valley state between
July and September 2016, but violence witnessed a sharp decline
thereafter as the protests died down and normalcy returned to
Two militants of the HM were killed in an encounter
with SFs in Awantipora area of Pulwama District, after they fired
at the vehicle of a Police officer. A Police officer said that
ASP Pulwama, Chandan Kohli, was on his way from Pulwama to Anantnag
in a car along with two PSOs when a group of militants coming
from opposite directions in another car fired at the bullet proof
vehicle of the ASP near Padgampora village leading to an exchange
of fire in which two militants were killed on the spot while two
of the militants fled from the spot leaving behind the car. The
slain militants have been identified as Shahbaz Shafi Wani alias
Rayees Kachroo, resident of Beloo Rajpora of Pulwama and Farooq
Ahmad Hurrah, resident of Nazneenpora of Shopian. "Both of them
belonged to Hizb ul Mujahideen. The dead bodies have been handed
over to the legal heirs for last rites", the Police officer said.
One AK rifle, one SLR, one AK magazine, 2 SLR Magazines, 2 pouches
and a grenade was recovered from the spot. The car in which militants
were travelling was also seized by the Police. IGP Kashmir, SMJ
Gillani said, "An AK-47 rifle and one SLR were recovered from
them. Interestingly, the SLR weapon was snatched from a minority
picket in the month of October".
SFs busted a HM militant module in Kulgam District,
and arrested eight of its members who were tasked to carry out
attacks on SFs and snatch weapons. SP of Kulgam, Shridhar Patil,
said that the District Police and Army received a specific intelligence
input on March 21 that HM militant has constituted a module of
about a dozen OGWs to carry out attacks on SFs, Police personnel
and snatch weapons. Patil said that the module was formed by district
'commander' of the outfit Altaf Dar alias Al-Kachroo and Towseef
Sheikh alias Mossad. "We registered a case on the basis of this
information and during the investigations, it came to the fore
that Zubar Ahmad Badar, a resident of Nai-Basti in Qoimoh area
of the district was the main king-pin of this module and he was
subsequently arrested along with one of his associates", he said.
The SP said that during further course of questioning, it became
evident that leader of this module and other members were having
large quantity of arms/ammunition for conduct of subversive activities.
A HM militant was killed and a Para-commando was
injured in a fierce gun battle in Chadoora area of Budgam District.
A joint team of the Army, Police and CRPF surrounded a house at
Zuin village in central Kashmir's Budgam in which the HM terrorist
was hiding. Civilian protesters soon gathered at the spot and
began pelting the forces with stones, injuring more than 60 Police
and CRPF personnel along with four soldiers, Army spokesman Col
Rajesh Kalia said. The Army had to fire at the protesters, killing
three of them, before the eight-hour-long operation ended with
the terrorist, as Tauseef Ahmad Wagay of Kanjijulla village of
Yaripora in Kulgam District, being gunned down. Sources said that
one militant managed to escape during massive stone-pelting.
A top HM 'commander', identified as Amir Nabi
Wagay, surrendered before SFs in Anantnag District. A Police official
said that Amir was suffering from kidney failure and doctors had
advised him dialyses. He said that he was involved in the grenade
throwing incidents in South Kashmir and various other militant
activities. He had joined militancy on August 16, 2014 and was
active since then. His surrender was facilitated by the CIK, Police
said. However, sources said that in the official records he has
been shown arrested by the SOG of JKP and 1-RR from whose operational
area he was hailing from.
Three Army personnel were injured, as militants
attacked an Army convoy heading towards Baramulla, on Srinagar-Bemina
Bypass in Srinagar District. Terrorist group HM has claimed responsibility
for the attack.
SFs arrested two new militant recruits of HM from
Sopore area in Baramulla District. Acting on specific information
about the presence of HM militants in an orchard near Achabal
village of Sopore, the Police along with Army and CRPF cordoned
off the orchard and launched search operation, a Police official
said. The newly recruited militants were identified as Yawar Nabi
Mir and Arsalan Rasool Teli - both hailing from Sheikh Sahib Locality
of Chinkipora area of Sopore.
A communiqué, issued by the Police top brass has
asked Police heads to brief their personnel regarding "the impending
threat to ensure life and property of police personnel is well
secured". According to the communiqué that was accessed by the
newspaper, it has directed policemen "to exercise extreme caution
while visiting their homes. Policemen should preferably avoid
visiting their homes for the next few months as their security
is of paramount importance," it read. Police sources said two
top commanders of the Hizb- ul- Mujahideen (HM) and the Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT) held a meeting in Pulwama's Koil recently to finalise their
new strategy "to go after the local policemen". According to Police
investigations, handlers across the Line of Control have given
their nod to start 'Operation Tiger' focusing on attacks on Policemen.
Militants have already heightened activities against Policemen.
Three major militant groups are operating together
in Kashmir. A video, being circulated on social media, purportedly
showed 30 militants of the HM, LeT and JeM together in south Kashmir.
The armed militants of the three outfits were reportedly marching
in front of the camera in the 45-second video shot in a forested
area. "Militants from HM, LeT and JeM… are operating jointly.
This trend started last year after the July unrest. Before that,
they had different areas of operation," an unnamed senior security
officer from Kashmir said.
Five Policemen including an ASI and two Bank security
guards were killed when militants attacked a J&K Bank van in Kulgam
District. According to reports, the J&K Bank mobile van carrying
cash in the Kulgam District was attacked by militants near Bombay
village of the District. Terrorists decamped with four INSAS and
one AK 47 rifle.
HM claimed the responsibility for the attack.
However, it said that they killed five Policemen and not bank
guards. "They were killed by CRPF men," it claimed and said that
the attack was not aimed at looting cash.
A civilian was killed and two Army personnel were
injured as militants ambushed an Army patrol party in Imam Saheb
area of Shopian District while SFs conducted a massive operation
against militants in the area. A civilian driver, identified as
Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, who was driving the cab in which Army was
returning after search and cordon operation, was killed in the
ambush and two Army men were injured. HM claimed the responsibility
of the attack on Army.
J&K Police announced a cash reward of INR 10 lakh
on the head of Umer Majid, a suspected HM militant responsible
for killing seven persons including five Policemen at Kulgam earlier
Army along with SoG of J&K Police busted a HM
module of three of its OGWs, who were involved in number of militancy
activities and planning to snatch weapon from SFs and luring youth
into militancy. The members of the module, Akeel Ahmad Malla,
Asif Abdullah Wagay and Amir Hussain Ganie were arrested from
A video showing two youths being tortured and
their hair being shaved by HM terrorists went viral across Kashmir
valley. The two youths were tortured and humiliated by HM terrorists
after being branded as Police informers in the video.
Five persons including three civilians, a Policeman
and a militant were killed in a militant attack in Kulgam District.
Militants, travelling in a car, opened fire on a police party
which had gone to Mir Bazaar area to investigate a road accident.
Police also retaliated killing one of militants and injuring another
who has, however, escaped. A grenade and ammunition rounds were
recovered during frisking of one of the dead persons who is a
The militant who was killed on May 6 night by
Police during an attack on them at NH in Kulgam was wanted by
NIA for his role in 2015 Fidayeen attack on a BSF convoy at Udhampur.
The HM militant, identified as Fayaz Ahmad Ishwar alias Setha
was killed in retaliatory fire by police after a group of militants
attacked them on May 6. Police said that the killed militant was
active from last two years and was involved in many subversive
Four LeT terrorists fired volleys from their automatic
rifles into the air to pay "respect" to slain militant Fayaz Ahmed
Ashwar, from Reshipora in Kulgam District of south Kashmir, during
his funeral. It's rare for terrorists to be present for the funeral
of their dead cohorts, and rarer for them to expose themselves
by publicly displaying such support. Eyewitnesses said four armed
militants appeared in the crowd who came to "pay" respect to slain
HM militant Fayaz Ahmed Ashwar. "They fired a volley of bullets
in the air and raised pro-azadi slogans," sources said.
Shopian & Kulgam Districts
A young army officer was abducted in South Kashmir
by suspected militants from a wedding last night (May 9) and his
bullet-riddled body was found early morning today (May 10) in
Herman area of Shopian District. According to J& Police, Umar
Fayyaz, a Lieutenant rank Army officer, was kidnapped around 10
pm by terrorists when he went to attend his cousin's wedding at
south Kashmir's Kulgam District. Later, on May 10, his body was
found in Shopian District with bullets in his head and abdomen.
SFs have identified three militants of HM, who,
they believed, abducted and killed the Indian Army officer in
Kulgam District. The HM trio was identified as Abbas Bhat of Materbugh,
Gayasul Islam of Chekchalun and Ashfaq Ahmad Thokar of Paderpora.
J&K Police released posters of three HM terrorists
wanted for the killing of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz and pasted these
at several places in Shopian town of south Kashmir, offering a
reward to anyone who could provide information about them. The
Police identified the three as Ishfaq Ahmad Thoker (24) and Gayas-ul-Islam,
residents of Padderpora, and Abass Ahmad Bhat (26) of Mantribugh.
An audio slideshow in which HM militant 'commander'
Zakir Moosa is purportedly speaking about establishing an Islamic
caliphate in Kashmir has gone viral in the Valley. The 5.40-minute
long clip also warns separatist leaders of Kashmir not to meddle
in the move to set up a caliphate in Jammu and Kashmir along the
lines of the rule established by the Islamic State (ISIS) in parts
of Syria and Iraq.
The rising dissonance between Kashmiri separatists
and terrorists based in the Valley on the one hand and Pakistan-based
terrorist commanders and cadres in Kashmir on the other has led
Indian agencies to suspect that terror masterminds across the
border may be covertly planning a new terrorist organisation in
J&K, with focus on ex-HM 'commander' Zakir Musa.
According to intelligence sources, multiple statements
over the past two weeks by Musa, the self-styled successor of
slain HM leader Burhan Wani, LeT, Kashmiri separatists and United
Jehad Council chief Syed Salahuddin, coupled with images, videos
and audio clips circulated on social media, point to "a widening
conflict between key stakeholders of violence in the Valley".
Intelligence sources said Pakistan may be attempting a repeat
of its Kashmir strategy of the 1990s, when the only terror organisation
- the JKLF - was supplanted and eventually replaced by many new
outfits by 1993-94.
A Police constable, who took away four service
rifles from a Police post in Budgam District of Kashmir, has reportedly
joined terrorist outfit HM. Constable Syed Naveed Mushtaq had
fled with four INSAS rifles from the guard post at a FCI godown
in Chandpora in Budgam on May 20, a Police official said. He said
there were intelligence inputs suggesting that Mushtaq had joined
the terrorist group.
According to intelligence agencies, top leaders
of the HM are trying a patch-up with their former 'Kashmir commander'
Zakir Rashid Bhat who severed ties with the militant group a few
days ago. Bhat, better known by his alias Musa, released audio
messages 10 days ago announcing his exit after the leadership
criticised him for threatening to behead Hurriyat leaders for
saying the "separatist movement" in the Valley was political and
not religious in nature. The Kashmiri militant group is yet to
name his successor. Jammu and Kashmir's Intelligence agencies
see the delay as a sign of his subordinates' reluctance to take
Bhat's position, which would amount to picking sides in a feud
between their former commander and senior leadership. Sources
in intelligence say Bhat's departure was not because of ideological
differences, as claimed by him. He and the Pakistan-based leadership
didn't agree on the group's activities in the Valley.
||Tral / Pulwama District
SFs, in an encounter, killed HM 'commander', Sabzar
Ahmad Bhat and his aide Faizan Muzaffar in Soimoh village of Tral
in Pulwama District. One civilian was also killed in the cross
firing. The militants were trapped in the village after SFs cordoned
it off last evening (May 26). The militants during the cordon
and searches tried to flee but SFs fired back and they were trapped
in a house. The operation was put on hold during the night and
the SFs launched massive assault in the morning killing both the
militants. Two residential houses in which the two militants were
trapped were damaged in the encounter. Arms and ammunition were
also recovered from the encounter site. Police said a civilian,
identified as Aqib Ahmad Dar died in cross firing near the encounter
site. "During the cross firing one more person was injured. He
was rushed to the Tral hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,"
A day after the killing of Sabzar Ahmed Bhat,
HM identified Riyaz Naikoo, at 29 the oldest surviving terrorist
of the outfit, as its new 'commander' in Kashmir, sources said.
Tech-savvy Naikoo is considered a moderate among the hardline
HM terrorists, and speaks contrary to the deposed HM commander
Zakir Musa. He favours a secular society in the valley. A few
months ago, Naikoo had invited Kashmiri Pandits to return to the
valley. Intelligence sources said HM is likely to nominate Naikoo
as its new chief to counter the narrative of deposed 'commander'
Zakir Musa that terrorists in Kashmir were fighting for an Islamic
Caliphate and imposition of Shariat. Pakistan-based HM leadership,
according to intelligence agencies, is under tremendous pressure
from ISI after deposed HM 'commander' Zakir Musa last week spoke
about establishing a Caliphate in the Valley, besides threatening
separatists against terming Kashmir's struggle as political fight.
"By appointing moderate Naikoo as new chief, HM may overshadow
Zakir, who gained prominence among hardliners in Kashmir due to
ISIS ideology. Also, HM would prove to the world that it was not
fighting for Islamic rule in Kashmir," an intelligence source
The Army released a list of the 12 most dreaded
terrorists in J&K. SFs are searching for these terrorists, army
sources said. Among the most prominent names in the list are Reyaz
Naikoo alias Zubair and Zakir Rashid Bhat alias
Musa. Naikoo is a resident of Tokun, Awantipore, and is likely
to be the next HM 'commander' in Kashmir after the death of Sabzar.
He is known to be tech savvy and active on social media like his
predecessor, Burhan Wani. On the other hand, Musa, was Wani's
successor after the latter's killing by SFs on July 8, 2016. Earlier
this month, Musa had released a video in which he threatened to
behead the separatists if they created hurdles in establishing
Sharia in Kashmir. For this the HM snubbed Musa, who later announced
to part ways with the group.
Awantipora / Pulwama District
A HM militant, identified as Suhaib Ahmad Bhat,
a resident of Chursoo Awantipora in Pulwama District, was arrested
by SFs from Manigam area of Qazigund in Anantnag District. One
pistol, one pistol magazine and eight pistol rounds were recovered
from his possession.
Qazigund area / Anantnag District
Two Army jawans were killed and four others injured
as militants attacked an Army convoy near Toll Post Lower Munda
on Srinagar-Jammu NH in Qazigund area of Anantnag District. The
firing by militants left six jawans injured out of which two critically
wounded soldiers succumbed to their injuries. They have been identified
as Manivang and Deepak Methi. HM has claimed responsibility for
the attack on Army convoy that left two jawans martyred. "A Hizb
squad carried out the attack. We congratulate it for the successful
attack," Hizb operational spokesman Burhan-ud-din was quoted as
saying by a Kashmir-based news agency.
A civilian, identified as Adil Farooq was killed
during clashes in Shopian District after SFs trapped two militants
of HM in the evening. SFs cordoned off Ganowpora village in Shopian
District in the evening after reports of two militants of HM -
Naveed and Zahid - were hiding in a house. As the SFs cordoned
the village, SFs fired few probing shots. The residents of the
area immediately came out and pelted stones on the SFs, who were
conducting the operation. Adil Farooq was hit by a bullet and
was removed to hospital for treatment. He, however, succumbed
A HM militant, who was seen in a video taken during
the funeral of outfit 'commander' Sabzar Bhat last week, surrendered
before authorities in Kashmir, Police said. Investigations revealed
that he was Danish Ahmed, a resident of Handwara in the Kupwara
District studying at the Doon P G College of Agriculture Science
and Technology, Dehradun. "A few days back, video clips of an
unidentified terrorist wearing a battle pouch with a grenade were
in circulation on social media. "These video clips were clicked
in Tral area by local media persons during the funeral of self-style
terrorist commander Sabzar Bhat," a Police spokesperson said.
Tral / Pulwama District
Two CRPF troopers were injured as militants fired
a grenade from UBGL towards 180th Battalion of CRPF camp at Tral
in Pulwama District in the night. The grenade exploded near the
gate of the camp injuring two CRPF men. Police and Army immediately
reached the spot and joined CRPF to conduct searches in the nearby
locality but militants had managed to flee under the cover of
darkness. Later, HM has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Handwara in Kupwara District & Awantipora in Pulwama
SFs busted a HM module by arresting two militants
and two OGWs and recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition
from their possession in Jammu and Kashmir. On specific information
regarding movement of militants, a joint Naka of Handwara Police
and RR was laid at Chogal, Handwara in Kupwara District during
which two persons identified as Mehrajudin and Obaid Shafi Malla
both residents of Awantipora were caught while moving in suspicious
circumstances. On their checking a huge cache of arms and ammunition
was recovered. During the investigation, they revealed that they
had come to Handwara for receiving ammunition and other war like
stores for their militant outfit in South Kashmir. Sources said
that preliminary investigating revealed that these militants were
members of an HM militant module, which would not only recruit
youth into militancy by radicalizing them over social media but
also coordinate their training and arranged arms/ammunition.
On the discloser of these two militants, two more
members of the module working as OGWs were arrested from Awantipora
in Pulwama District. They were identified as Shahid Ahmad Thoker
and Irfan Ahmad, both residents of Awantipora.
Tral in Pulwama District
At least 10 CRPF personnel were injured as militants
hurled a grenade on their camp at Lariyar village of Tral in Pulwama
District. Militants lobbed the grenade on 180 Battalion CRPF camp
at Lariyar resulting in injuries to 10 CRPF men. The injured have
been identified as Charanlal, Ganpat Singh, Santanu Gosh, Kundan
Lal Chatry, Ramdulare, Meghnad Das, Itlish Kumar, Motilal Meena,
Gnanave A, B Sanjay Sadahsio. HM has claimed responsibility for
Among the five militants who came to LeT 'commander'
Junaid Matoo's funeral on June 17, two were from the HM, their
attendance reflective of a co-ordination between terror outfits
that SFs and the Police find worrisome. LeT militants Matoo, Nasir
Ahmed Wani and Adil Mushtaq were killed in an encounter in Anantnag
District on June 16. Nasir's funeral, too, was attended by two
HM commanders. At both places - Matoo's Khudwani village in Kulgam
and Nasir's family home in Heff, Shopian - the militants came
armed and raised anti-India slogans. A senior Police officer said
the presence of militant leaders at funerals of militants who
did not belong to the same outfit, was a way to glamourise their
movement. "It is a matter of concern for us," said the officer.
"By appearing at militants' funerals, they are trying to attract
more youths towards militancy and they have been successful sometimes."
At least two HM militants, identified as Gulzar
Ahmad and Basit were killed in an encounter with SFs in Rafiabad
area of Baramulla District in the morning. According to report,
the militants were holed up inside a house in Pazalpora village
in Rafiabad in Baramulla District. Following intelligence inputs
about the presence of militants, SFs had launched a cordon and
search operation last night (June 20). The Army official said
two weapons were also recovered and operations were still on in
The US State Department designated Syed Salahuddin,
the head of Kashmiri militant group HM, as a specially designated
global terrorist. The move comes just hours before the first meeting
between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald
Trump at the White House in Washington. As a consequence of this
designation, US persons are generally prohibited from engaging
in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin's property
and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction
As a senior leader of HM, the State Department
said in September, 2016, Salahuddin, also known as Syed Mohammed
Yusuf Shah, vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir
conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and
vowed to turn the Kashmir valley "into a graveyard for Indian
forces". "Under Salahuddin's tenure as senior HM leader, HM has
claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April
2014 explosives attack in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir,
which injured 17 people," the State Department said.
Following the designation of Salahuddin as the
global terrorist, the State Department in a notification said
he has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts
of terrorism. Designations of terrorist individuals and groups
expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in
denial of access to the US financial system. Moreover, designations
can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other
nations, it said.
The US Government's decision to declare Syed Salahuddin
a global terrorist would help in choking his movements and financing,
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said. Salahuddin, head of
the Kashmiri militant group HM, was a "coward" who had "run away"
to Pakistan, Mehrishi said. "What the US did is correct. He (Salahuddin)
is a terrorist and he has now been declared so. This declaration
by the US may probably help in impacting his movements and funding,"
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had said in Washington
that the designation was "a strong signal coming out of the administration
that it is committed to ending terror in all forms". "We should
take the step for what it is. It is fixing responsibility, highlighting
the problem. There is a signaling out of it, it is focusing on
a particular group and particular individual. None of us can really
miss that message," he said.
India said the interview telecast by a Pakistani
TV channel of HM 'chief' Syed Salahuddin on July 1, is further
proof of Pakistan's role in cross-border terrorism. "The brazen
admission by Syed Salahuddin of perpetrating terrorist attacks
on India and having the capacity to carry out such attacks at
any place and time in India is a further proof of Pakistan's continuing
policy of cross-border terrorism," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson
Gopal Baglay said.
"His (Salahuddin) confession of assistance in
such activities from Pakistan also affirms the complicity of Pakistan's
state structure in using terrorist proxies as a matter of policy
against the neighbours," Baglay said. He added, "The interview
only highlights the unabashed manner in which terrorist organisations
and leaders enjoy freedom of operations in Pakistan, including
access to terror financing and procurement and supply of weapons
Birmingham city council withdrew its permission
for a planned rally to mark "Burhan Wani Day" on July 8 after
India lodged a protest with the UK Government against the "glorification
of terrorists". The rally was being planned by UK-based Kashmiri
groups to mark the first death anniversary of the 'commander'
of the HM militant outfit killed in a gun battle with Indian armed
forces in the Kashmir valley on July 8, 2016. India on July 3
protested to the UK over the planned rally. "We took a booking
for a peaceful rally highlighting the human rights abuse in Kashmir.
However, we are now aware of concerns raised about the promotional
leaflet and, having assessed the material, have not given permission
for the use of Victoria Square," a Birmingham City Council spokesperson
A soldier belonging to Territorial Army (TA),
identified as Zahoor Ahmad Thakur went missing from North Kashmir's
Baramulla District and Police suspect that he may have joined
hands with militant group HM. Zahoor Ahmad Thakur was reportedly
missing from his camp in Gantmulla area along with an AK-47 rifle.
"Thakur belongs to Pulwama district. A search operation has been
launched," Police sources said. Thakur's suspected joining of
HM becomes more relevant as the terror outfit is planning to recruit
more 40 local militants.
India slammed Pakistan for making a martyr out
of HM militant Burhan Wani, who was killed on July 8 2016. Criticising
the Pakistani Government for glorifying the dead terrorist, MEA
spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted, "First, Foreign Office of Pakistan
read from banned LeT's script. Now, Pakistan COAS (army chief)
glorifies Burhan Wani. Pakistan's terror support and sponsorship
need to be condemned by one and all." Baglay's comments came a
day after Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa praised
Wani. Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif too paid tributes to Wani, saying
his death "infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom" in
Radbugh village /Budgam District
Three HM militants were killed in an encounter
in Radbugh village in Budgam District in the morning. The slain
militants were identified as Javid Sheikh, Dawood Ahmad Sofi and
Aaquib Gul. The gun battle started on July 11 evening after SFs
launched a search operation following a tip-off about the presence
of militants in Radbugh village in Budgam's Magam area at around
7.30pm, a senior Army officer said. "Their bodies along with three
assault rifles have been recovered," he added.
Pakistan is arming the militant group HM with
chemical weapons to carry out terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir,
audio excerpts intercepted by security agencies have revealed.
According to this report, these transcripts are undeniable and
damning proof of how Pakistan is aiding and abetting terror activities
in Pakistan. Terror outfits have lost 90 members to military offensives
during the past few months, and hitting back with chemical weapons
may be a desperate way for HM to get back at the Indian security
establishment. According to the accessed transcripts, HM members
have already got their hands on these chemical weapons. Plans
to use these weapons, primarily at forces, seem to be a desperate
attempt to retaliate against the back-to-back successful offences
launched by the SFs.
Members of this outfit hope to surprise the Indian
security forces, which have so far been dealing in conventional
weaponry, with this chemical attack. "Inshallah, we are going
to get lots of support from Pakistan...things are happening along
the border. In days to come, Pakistan will step-up its anti-India
game,' a HM operative can be heard saying at one point. At another
instance, this operative adds, "Till now we've used grenade launchers
on the Indian army...killing just 3-4 and injuring a few. But
now it's time to change our tactics. We will straightaway use
chemical weapons...to kill as many as possible at the same time."
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is the biggest terror outfit in the Valley
with around 200 active members.
In a first, the corpse of a militant was wrapped
in the flag of the Islamic State (IS) terror group as hundreds
of supporters joined his funeral in Srinagar. They waved flags
with pictures of slain HM 'commander' Burhan Wani and his protégé
Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa. This was a departure from previous
instances when the bodies of slain militants used to be covered
with Pakistani flags. Sajad Gilkar, a resident of downtown Srinagar,
was killed along with two other HM militants in an encounter on
July 12. Police said Gilkar had played a key role in the lynching
of DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith. Gikar's funeral prayers were held
in the premises of Jamia Masjid where Pandith was lynched by a
mob on June 22.
Police arrested four persons including a Policeman
and bank official for their involvement in providing logistic
support and participation in the killing of SPO Khurshid Ahmed
in Imamsahab Shopian last month. Police said that during the investigations
of the case, it was revealed that the attack was carried out by
HM outfit based in Shopian. "One Nazim Nazir Dar on the direction
of other HM militants Saddam Padder and Irfan Abdullah Ganie,
both residents of Heff carried the attack", said Police. Police
said that in the criminal conspiracy four OGWs provided logistic
support to the militant group who were identified as Amir Mohidin
- a bank official, Constable Towseef Ahmad of Chakoora, Basharat
Yusuf Mir - working as private teacher and Iftikar Rather alias
Jamshed. "After sustained questioning they were arrested and are
being investigated for their roles", Police said.
SFs busted a HM militant module, luring youth
to militancy, by arresting three persons in Baramulla District.
The arrested HM militants were identified as Ansarullah Tantaray,
Abdul Rashid Bhat, and Mehrajuddin Kak. SSP Baramulla, Imtiyaz
Hussain said that Baramulla Police, assisted by other SFs, busted
the module which has been active in the area to lure young boys
to militancy. The SSP said the module was being spearheaded by
HM 'commander' Parvez Wani alias Mub-ashir, a resident
of Gagloora, Handwara in North Kashmir's Kupwara District.
The SSP said the module had plans to send many
boys to Pakistan on valid visa to get them trained in militant
camps of PoK. "One of the accused Abdul Rashid Bhat had visited
Pakistan in the month of May this year and got training for undertaking
terrorist activities in Khalid bin Waleed camp of HM located in
PoK," he said. The SSP said Bhat had got the visa from Pakistani
High Commission in New Delhi on the recommendation of a separatist
organization. "Arms, ammunition and Rs one lakh in Indian currency
has been recovered from their possession," he said. He said that
module has not only been luring young boys to militancy, but providing
all logistic support to other militants of the outfit as well.
Imtiyaz said recently Baramulla Police saved around 10 boys meant
to be inducted in militant ranks and handed them over to their
The counter-insurgency cell of the JKP is monitoring
the write-ups and the propaganda material of the Al-Qaeda that
mention Zakir Musa as the 'commander' of its new Kashmir group.
A top Police officer said, the cell was keeping a watch on Musa,
a Kashmir-born militant, whose name first appeared in an Arabic
publication close to the Al-Qaeda in May. "We are monitoring the
Musa group's activity and its connections across the borders,"
the officer said. The U.K.-based Guardian newspaper reported that
Al-Qaeda "has formally announced the establishment of a new Kashmir-based
terror group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind headed by Musa.
The Global Islamic Media Front, the online propaganda
distribution arm of Al-Qaeda, has also mentioned Musa's name.
On May 13, Musa quit the HM after the United Jehad Council took
exception to his statement threatening to "behead separatist leaders,
especially those who describe Kashmir as a mere political issue"
and not a religious war for an Islamic state. Musa hails from
a middle-class family. One of his brothers is a doctor in the
Tral area of Pulwama. Musa joined the militant ranks during slain
'commander' Burhan Wani's recruitment drive in 2013-14.
Bijbehara area / Anantnag District
Suspected HM militants robbed and decamped with
a cash amount of over INR 5 lakh from Arwani branch of J&K Bank
in Bijbehara area of Anantnag. Around 12:40 pm, a group of four
HM militants, who had boarded an Alto Car, stopped outside the
Arwani branch of J&K Bank. They said while two militants stayed
outside the bank, rest others armed with one AK 47 rifle and one
INSAS rifle barged into the J&K Bank branch where they asked officials
to handover cash. Interestingly, both the militants had donned
a veil, locally called Burqa, and after looting the cash on gun-point,
they also ransacked the computers of the bank branch. Police said
that militants fled with around INR 5.20 lakh amount. A police
spokesman said that during the initial investigation and with
the help of CCTV footage, it was found that HM militants are involved
in the crime.
Zoipora / Shopian District
Two Army personnel including an Army Major, identified
as Army Major Kamlesh and Sepoy Tanjin were killed in a gun battle
in South Kashmir. A joint team of Army and Police launched a cordon
and search operation at village Matribugh, Zoipora in Shopian
District following a tip off about the presence of some militants.
The militants hiding in the area opened fire triggering off an
encounter in which an army Major along with two soldiers sustained
bullet injuries. Two soldiers including an officer later succumbed
to their injuries. The militants believed to be three in number
managed to escape while taking advantage of darkness. HM claimed
responsibility for the attack.
Gopalpora village / DH Pora/ Kulgam District
Two HM militants, identified as Aaqib Ahmad Itoo
and Suhail Ahmad were killed in an encounter with SFs in Kulgam
District. SFs had laid an ambush at Gopalpora village in DH Pora
following a tip off about the movement of some militants in the
area. As the militants entered the ambushed area, they were challenged
after which a fierce gun battle took place between the SFs and
the militants in which two militants were killed. Bodies of the
two militants were recovered along with two AK 47 rifles.
Bijbehara in Anantnag District
One HM militant, identified as Yawar Nissar Shergujri
and an unidentified civilian were killed in an encounter with
SFs in Kanelwan village in Bijbehara in Anantnag District. One
soldier, identified as Rohit Kumar sustained injuries during the
encounter. The unidentified person who was killed was riding a
motorcycle in the area and was caught in the crossfire during
the encounter between terrorists and SFs. SFs conducted search
operations in the area based on intelligence inputs that three
militants had been spotted in the area. During the search operations,
the militants opened fire on the SFs and the latter retaliated.
While the HM militant Shergujri was killed in the exchange of
fire, two militants managed to escape in the cover of darkness.
Police recovered an SLR, two magazines, 40 rounds and one Chinese
hand grenade from the slain militant.
Kreeri area /Baramulla District
Police busted a module of HM in Kreeri area of
Baramulla District by arresting its three members. Police said
that assisted by Army's 29 RR and CRPF on a specific information
laid a joint checkpoint at Behrampora Tilgam crossing in Baramulla
District and arrested three suspected HM militants, identified
as Waseem Ahmed Mir, Umer Hassan Rather and Hussain Rather. Police
said that two Chinese pistols along with ammunition was recovered
from their possession. "On sustained questioning, the trio admitted
that they are working for Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terror outfit and
motivating young boys into militancy", said Police.
Drubgam village / Pulwama District
HM 'commander' Sameer Tiger along with his two
associates fled from cordon in Drubgam village of Pulwama District
on August 7 night. The militants, who were hiding in a house,
fired on troops during searches leading to a gun battle but they
managed to escape. SFs later cordoned off the entire villages
and conducted house to house searches. The operation continued
till 9 a.m on August 8 but was called off.
Awnera village / Shopian District
In a major success to the SFs, HM 'commander'
Yasin Ittoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi was killed on August
13 in an overnight encounter at Awnera village in Shopian District,
taking the death toll to five; two army personnel and three militants.
The night-long fierce encounter that started on August 12 evening
ended on August 13th morning after the killing of HM 'commander'
Yasin Ittoo. His two associates, identified as Umar Majid Sheikh
and Irfan ul Sheikh were killed by SFs on August 12 night and
the dead bodies were recovered in the August 13th morning. Two
Army personnel, identified as identified as Sepoy Gawai Sumedh
Waman, and Sepoy Ilayaraja P were also killed and three others
injured in the encounter on August 12 night.
Ittoo, from Chadoora area of Budgam District of
central Kashmir, had a long association with HM. He was oldest
surviving militant in Valley who joined HM in 1996 and was arrested
in 2007 and later released on parole in 2014 after remaining in
jail for seven years. He joined the militant group again and was
'commander' of the outfit. One KK series rifle used by Ittoo and
two AK series rifles of his associates were recovered from the
encounter site. The militants were shifting from one house to
another during the encounter and four houses were damaged in the
gun fight that ended this morning. Authorities suspended internet
services in Shopian and Kulgam to prevent spreading of information
about the encounter and mobilization of people towards the encounter
The US designated militant outfit HM as a "foreign
terrorist organisation", nearly two months after declaring the
group's 'chief' Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist. The designation,
which slaps a series of US sanctions on the outfit, came against
the backdrop of an upsurge in terror activities by the militant
group in Jammu and Kashmir in recent months. "These designations
seek to deny Hizb-ul-Mujahideen the resources it needs to carry
out terrorist attacks," the State Department said in a statement.
All of HM's property and interests subject to US jurisdiction
are blocked, and people in the US are generally prohibited from
engaging in any transactions with the group. The decision marks
a severe blow to Pakistan which has been projecting the militant
group as a voice of the Kashmiri people.
India has welcomed the US' decision to designate
HM as a foreign terrorist organisation, saying it follows a joint
commitment by the two countries to fight the menace of terrorism.
"I welcome this step by the United States state department to
designate Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist organisation,
that has been responsible for carrying out heinous act of terrorismIt
reflects the joint commitment of India and the US to firmly deal
with terrorism in all its forms and manifestation," spokesperson
of MEA Raveesh Kumar said. Syed Salahuddin, the 'chief' of HM,
had been declared a 'global terrorist' by the US in June, coinciding
with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US. The move
was criticised by Pakistan which calls HM a group of freedom fighters.
With squads of 400-odd terrorists, HM cadre in
J&K do not seem unnerved by the US state department declaring
the outfit a 'global terror group. In fact there are experts who
suggested that given the degree of anti-Americanism in Muslim-dominated
Valley, this could even have a multiplier effect. One cannot ignore
the jolts suffered by HM in the past by way of internal feud over
money, ideology, and with other terror groups like JKLF, which
ultimately gave up arms in 1994 with the release of their chief
Yasin Malik from jail.
Nonetheless, HM is still operating in the Valley
and continues to get local support. "Hizb is now operated directly
by Syed Salauddin from PoK - albeit through their south Kashmir-based
conduits," a top Hurriyat separatist said. Mainstream political
parties like the PDP, NC and even Congress did not sound too upbeat
about the State Department's action against the Hizb and termed
it a "diplomatic gesture" which will hardly deter the outfit's
cadre. "It has rather given legitimacy to the group in Muslim
majority Kashmir due to its hatred against the US, whom it blames
for Palestine and wars in several Muslim countries," said Nasir
Aslam Wani, senior NC official and former minister. PDP avoided
coming on record considering it's in governance with the BJP,
which has branded US action as India's victory on the international
"Hizb's 100-odd homegrown militants, under newly
minted commander Riyaz Naikoo, are stooges of Pakistan's ISI.
Outfits like Hizb have no international base except in Pakistan;
therefore, it would not choke their resources in terms of the
funding, etc.," a top PDP official said. Intelligence sources
said the US declaration will have little impact in the Valley.
The Hizb cadre comprises stone pelters and hardcore Muslim radicals.
While stone-pelters are oblivious of the facts of the insurgency,
radicals are unbothered about US utterances, sources said. "They
firmly believe they are fighting jihad against Hindu India," a
senior intelligence officer said. Hizb is unhassled in the Valley
with substantial public support. Notwithstanding a few incidents
of flow of information about presence of militants in the villages,
they get food, shelter and other comfort from sections of locals
||Zainapora village / Shopian District
SFs, during a raid, arrested a HM militant, identified
as Shahid Ahmad Wani from Zainapora village of Shopian District.
"A Chinese pistol, nine rounds and a magazine were recovered from
his possession," Police said, adding that a vehicle has also been
With over 140 militants already killed this year
(2017) in the ongoing anti-militancy operations, HM 'operational
commander' Riyaz Naikoo has banned its cadre "from using mobile
phones to minimise the losses". "It seems they [Hizbul militants]
have damaged their old SIM cards. It's not possible for them to
survive without mobile phones. They have either managed new numbers
or are staying without mobile phones," said IGP, Kashmir, Muneer
Sources said the killing of HM 'operational commander'
Yasin Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi in an encounter in Shopian
on August 13 had "struck a major blow to striking capability of
Hizb" in south Kashmir. A top counter-insurgency official said
that after Itoo's killing, the new commander Naikoo has taken
centre stage, and 'is trying to keep the organisation's ranks
intact and disallow any defection to the more hard-line group
led by Zakir Musa, who claims to represent the Kashmir arm of
al Qaeda'. In a bid to "revive striking capability", Naikoo has
asked militants to "surrender their mobile phones". "In case of
suspension of use of mobile phones, the police too will chalk
out a fresh strategy to track them down. The 'Operation All-Out'
will continue," said IGP Muneer Khan.
Sopore area /Baramulla District
Two HM militants, identified as HM 'divisional
commander' Pervaiz Ahmad Wani alias Mudasir alias
Bashir alias Ishfaq and his associate Naeem Ahmad Najar
were killed in a fierce encounter in Sopore area of Baramulla
District. Acting on specific information about presence of militants
in Chek-e-Brath village in Sopore Area SFs launched a cordon and
search operation in the village. Militants, who were hiding in
the house of Peerzada Bashir Ahmad Shah, fired on the SFs during
the searches leading to a gun battle which lasted for three hours
during which two militants were killed. Police recovered two bodies
of the militants from the debris of the house in which they were
hiding. Two AK rifles, three AK magazines, 90 AK rounds, one INSAS
rifle, one INSAS magazine, 13 INSAS rounds and other ammunition
was recovered from the encounter site. Senior SSP Sopore, Harmeet
Singh said that these militants were involved in many anti-national
and anti-social activities.
Sopore area / Baramulla District
A 'district commander' of HM, identified as Shahid
Ahmad Sheikh alias Shabir was killed in an encounter with
SFs in Sopore area of Baramulla District. He was earlier affiliated
with JeM. One AK rifle, two AK magazines, one grenade, 23 AK rounds
and a pouch was recovered from the encounter site. Police said
that he was involved in many anti social, anti national and criminal
Barbugh area / Shopian District
Two HM militants were killed and another one surrendered
during an overnight operation by the SFs in Shopian District which
started on September 9 and ended on September 10. The encounter
which started on September 9 evening in Barbugh area of Shopian
District after militants attacked an Army patrol, which retaliated
killing a militant on the spot and trapping two others in a house
in the village. The operation was put on hold for the night and
in the morning (September 10) as the operation was resumed heavy
gun fire followed in which one militant was killed. Another militant
later surrendered. A 14-year old girl, identified as Khusboo Jan
was also injured in the firing and she was immediately shifted
to nearby hospital.
A Police spokesman said that acting on specific
information, Shopian Police along with 44 RR launched a cordon
and search operation in Barbugh area of Shopian. "During searches,
terrorists hiding in the area fired upon the search party. Two
terrorists were gunned down in this encounter who were identified
as Altaf Ahmad Rather son of Mohammad Maqbool resident of Awneera
Zainapora, Shopian and Tariq Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Ibrahim
resident of Barbugh, Shopian and one identified as Adil Hussain
Dar son of Nazir Ahmad Dar resident of Chitripora, Shopian, surrendered",
he said. He said arms and ammunition were also recovered from
the encounter site.
Khudwani area / Kulgam District
Two HM militants, identified as Dawood Ahmed Ali
and Shaiyar Ahmed Wani were killed in a gun battle with SFs and
another militant, Arief Sofi was arrested in Khudwani area of
Kulgam District. Acting on a tip off, the SFs cordoned off a village
in Khudwani area at 3a), when they were fired upon by holed up
militants. An AK-47and an INSAS rifle were also recovered from
the encounter site.
||Kralgund / Kupwara District
Police arrested another OGW of HM, identified
as Waheed Ahmad Bhat from Larganapora Bichwara village of Kralgund
in Kupwara District. Police recovered a hand grenade from him.
||Qalamabad village /Handwara Tehsil
/ Kupwara District
Police arrested a OGW of HM, identified as Mohammad
Shafi Mir along with a grenade at a checkpoint in Qalamabad village
in Handwara Tehsil in Kupwara District.
||Goushbugh village /Pattan/ Baramulla
Police arrested a key militancy instigator and
motivator of HM outfit in Baramulla District. SSP, Baramulla,
Imtiyaz Hussain said that an OGW Ishtiaq Ahmad Wani, resident
of Goushbugh village of Pattan in the District, who was at large
and wanted for motivating and instigating young boys of Pattan
and Palhallan area to join HM outfit, was arrested. "Due to continuous
pressure, encounters by police and other security agencies, most
of the militants, who were active in North Kashmir, have been
neutralized because of which the controllers of HM from across
and with Kashmir are trying to accelerate the recruitment process
in this area," SSP Wani said. The SSP said recently, Police prevented
around 10 boys from being inducted in militant ranks. They were
handed over to their parents. "Out of these 10 boys, four boys,
were motivated by the arrested recruiter to join militant ranks
of Hizbul Mujahideen," he said.
||Ajar area /Bandipora District
Police arrested a militant of HM, identified as
Zameer Ahmed Khatana Gujjar in Ajar area of Bandipora District.
Police said that based on specific information about the movement
of some militants, a joint naka (checkpoint) was laid by Bandipora
Police, Army's 14 RR and CRPF 3rd Batallion at Gurezmod in Bandipora.
"During naka checking, one militant of HM outfit was apprehended
along with arms and ammunition," Police said. A Chinese pistol,
magazine and eight rounds were recovered from his possession.
The streets of Shopian (Shopian District) are
splashed with posters bearing HM stamp blaming al Qaeda-appointed
'head' of Kashmir jihad, Zakir Musa, for 'helping Indian forces
kill Kashmiris' and asking people to 'chase him to death', while
also describing him as an 'Indian agent'. Written in Urdu, with
Musa's picture displayed prominently, the posters claim that the
former HM militant got many 'innocents killed by Indian tyrants
in lieu of huge money'. 'This traitor is creating different outfits
in league with the government. Initially, he was part of Hizb
and thereafter, he joined hands with the government of India.
He even termed Hurriyat wrong. Therefore, wherever you find him,
kill him,' the posters said.
Dessa area /Doda District
SFs busted a major hideout of HM and recovered
a huge cache of arms in Thanna Forests of Dessa area in Doda District.
Recoveries made from the hideout included two AK-47 rifles, two
UBGLs, two Chinese pistols, two Chinese grenades, four RPG rounds,
300 rounds of AK-47 and certain other items. However, no arrests
were made from the spot. "Security forces continued their persistent
operations to keep Doda district safe and sanitized from terrorists
as well as their support infrastructure. Recovery of war like
stores from Thana forests of Dessa will deal a severe blow to
nefarious designs of terrorists to revive militancy in the area,''