The gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district has introduced the highlight again on Riyaz Ahmed Naikoo, probably the most wished terrorist within the valley.
Safety forces had launched the operation to nab Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Riyaz Naikoo on Tuesday night time on a particular enter Beigpora Gulzapora in Awantipora.
“Contact established within the third operation at #Beighpors #Awantipur. High terrorist commander is trapped. Trade of fireside on. Particulars shall observe,” J&Ok police tweeted.
Riyaz Naikoo took over as the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen after the outfit’s poster boy Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with the safety forces in Kokarnag space in Anantnag district on July 8, 2016.
A post-graduate, he carries a reward of Rs 12 lakh on his head.
A resident of Naikoo Mohalla in Durbug of Awantipora, Riyaz Naikoo has been listed as a class “A++” militant, which is given to the most-wanted terrorist within the Valley. He took over as chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen within the Valley after the killing of his affiliate Sabzar Bhat in Could 2017.
“Naikoo is now thought-about to be the general commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) for your entire Valley. Within the final one yr, the safety forces cornered him many occasions however every time he has managed to flee,” a central safety pressure official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, had stated whereas chatting with HT.
Naikoo, the officer had stated, has assiduously cultivated a picture of a reasonable militant.
He’s stated to have labored as a arithmetic instructor at an area college earlier than becoming a member of the terrorist ranks. He was identified to have a ardour for portray roses earlier than he picked up the gun.
Naikoo had launched a video in 2017, saying he would welcome the return of Kashmiri Pandits within the Kashmir Valley and claimed that terrorists weren’t enemies of the Pandits.
Riyaz Naikoo can also be believed to be behind the revival of the “Gun Salute” that terrorists give to their fallen comrades at their funeral.
Safety officers additionally consider Naikoo has managed to draft many younger folks from south Kashmir into militancy as a consequence of his picture.