12 militants on forces’ hit list: IGP
A total of 118 militants of various outfits have been killed in the first six months of this year in Kashmir and among the killed around 50 percent belong of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said 118 militants had been killed in the first six months of 2020.
"Of them 11 were Pakistani and 107 were local," Kumar said in a news conference here Wednesday.
He said of the 118 killed militants in the Valley, the highest 57 were associated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen followed by 24 militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba, 22 of Jaish-e-Muhammad, seven each of Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Kashmir, and Islamic State Jammu Kashmir, and one militant of Al Badr militant outfit.
“Almost 50 percent of the killed militants belong to the Hizb,” Kumar said.
The IGP Kashmir said among the killed militants were also commanders of their outfit’s including Hizb’s Reyaz Naikoo, Hyder of LeT, Qari Yasir of Jaish-e-Muhammad, Burhan Koka of AGH and Junaid Sehrai.
THE HIT LIST
Kumar also released a list of 12 militants who will be the top target of the forces in Kashmir.
“In next two months, Jaish’s Lamboo Bhai will be the first target while it’s another militant Waleed Bhai, who is an IED expert, will be second target and third target will be Gazi Rafiq, who is Jaish’s chief,” Kumar said.
The target list follows LeT militants Usman and Sajad in Sopore, Ishfaq Dar in Shopian, Yousuf Kantroo of Budgam and Nasir of Sopore.
Hizb chief in Kashmir Dr Saifullah, district commander Budgam Farooq, Ashraf Moulvi and another militant also figure in the hit list, the IGP said.
Kumar said there had been 48 percent decline in local militant recruitment this year against last year.
He said 129 youth had joined militants ranks in a span of six months from January to June in 2019.
“This year, 67 youth picked up gun and out of them 24 have been killed in gunfights while 12 were arrested and the remaining militants are active," Kumar said.
The IGP Kashmir said the forces also recovered 121 weapons from the gunfight sites which include 62 AK-47 rifles, nine SLR guns, four Insas rifles, one M4 rifle, one Tika gun, and 44 pistols.
Kumar said 66 modules of militants were also busted and 66 weapons were recovered separately.
The recovered weapons include 21 AK-47 rifles, two SLR rifles, one Insas and 42 pistols, he said.
He said 79 militants were buried at remote locations in Kashmir instead of their native places in view COVID-19 pandemic and only four militants remained unidentified.
Kumar said 160 to 170 militants were still active in Kashmir.
So far, this year, 15 civilians have been killed in Kashmir and of them, three were killed in shelling from Pakistan and the remaining were killed in militant attacks, he said.
"But not a single civilian was killed near the gunfight site," Kumar said.
Moreover, 22 hideouts of militants were also busted and 22 hardcore militants were arrested including top commander Naveed Bhai, who was held along with the DySP, he said.
Police also arrested 309 over ground workers of militants in Kashmir.
The IGP Kashmir said 21 FIRs were registered by Police against the misuse of social media in Kashmir.
In these cases, three persons have been arrested while the process is underway to arrest the remaining involved persons, he said.
In last six months, Police also registered 304 cases under NDPS Act and arrested 496 persons for their involvement in drug peddling.