Police press release regarding killing of Riyaz Naikoo and 3 other militants

During these encounters four militants  were neutralized

SRINAGAR: On specific inputs two cordon and search operations were launched by J&K Police and SF at Sarshali and Beigpora in Awantipora.

These cordon and search operations led to encounters as the hiding militants  fired upon the operation parties.

During these encounters four militants  were neutralized.

In Sharshali encounter 02 militants of LeT were killed. The identification of killed militants is being ascertained. Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.

In the second operation in Beigpora village of Awantipur district, a top militant commander was trapped along with his associate. The operation was launched last evening and contact was established with hiding militant in the morning today.

In this encounter two militant were killed. One of the militants has been identified as Riyaz Naikoo.

He was the Chief operational Commander of (HM) outfit in Kashmir.

He joined Militant ranks of HM outfit in May 2012 and was a close associate of Burhan Wani. After Zakir Musa’s defection from HM to form his own Outfit called Ansar Gazwat ul Hind, he took command of HM outfit in Jammu Kashmir. Pertinent to mention that Zakir Musa was killed in operation last year.

Naikoo had been continuously making audio and video clips and putting up on social media to motivate youth to join militancy and went on recruiting new boys.

He was responsible for a large number of innocent youths getting into militant ranks and indulging in serious violence against local population and SF.

He was a masterminded behind the revival of HM outfit in jammu and Kashmir. He also released videos / audios on number of occasions carrying Pro-Pakistan and separatist propaganda.

He executed a series of attacks on policemen, SF and civilians. He resorted to brutal killings of civilians branding them as police/SF informers.

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