Srinagar: Terming top militant Riyaz Naikoo’s killing as a ‘major blow’ to militancy in Kashmir, a top police official Thursday said that Naikoo’s killing will help as great deal in combating militancy in Kashmir.
Kashmir Inspector general of police, Vijay Kumar, said Naikoo, who was instrumental in luring youths towards militancy was on police radar since past six months.
“Naikoo was a very influential militant commander, who would lure youths towards militancy mostly through vedio messages on social media,” said Kumar.
He was addressing a presser in Srinagar on Thursday.
“He would also pass directions to his cadre to execute killings of civilians and policemen. His killing is a major jolt for Hizbul Mujahideen and overall militancy in Kashmir,” Kumar added.
The senior police official said that Naikoo’s killing was a major success for security forces and will help a great deal in combating over all militancy in Valley.
“We tracked his movement on Tuesday and finally chased him at Beighpora village along with his aide” he said.
To a question, Kumar said some other leader may lead Hizb but forces will go after him too. Regarding Handwara encounter, the IGP said Lashkar commander Haider’s killing was also a big jolt to the Pakistan backed militant group.
“Two Lashkar militants were invloved in recent attack in which three CRPF men were killed. We have identified both involved in the terror act,” he said.
The IGP said that The Resistance Front (TRF), which claimed Handwara attack was a “shadow of Lashkar” and not a new militant group.
“Post August 5 last year, following mounting international pressure on Pakistan to stop militancy, Lashkar floated TRF,” he added.
Kumar said internet and mobile phone services were snapped after the Pulwama encounter as it was necessary to prevent rumour mongering and maintain law and order. “We will review the situation and restore services soon,” he added.
Sixty four militants have been killed in twenty seven operations. Also 125 militant sympathisers or OGWs have been arrested so far, this year, said IGP.