Srinagar: In a major breakthrough, security forces on Wednesday killed Hizb-ul-Mujahidin’s most wanted and supported terror commander Riyaz Naikoo and his colleagues at a meeting in the villages of Beantpora, Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir.
With this, the security forces also avenged the deaths of five security officers who were recently killed in the Kupwara district on May 3. Naikoo, Kashmir’s most wanted terrorist and chief Hizbul were trapped late Tuesday in his home village of Beighpora in Jammu and Kashmir in Pulwama district.
Commander Hizbul Mujahidin and his colleague were killed on Wednesday morning, while another terrorist was killed in a separate operation in Sharshali village, Khrew area in Pulwama district, far from the Naikoo meeting place.
Two terrorists, a Pakistani citizen and a local terrorist were also killed at a meeting in Chanjimulla village, Handwara tehsil on May 3 with martyrs.
As soon as his death was confirmed, #RiyazNaikoo became the top trend on Twitter.
According to officials, the operation to eliminate Naikoo was carried out very precisely without additional damage. Authorities have suspended mobile Internet throughout the Kashmir Valley and imposed curfews in most of the valley’s major cities to ensure that no adverse effects from Naikoo’s death affect law and order.
A video conference meeting was reportedly held earlier between senior officers from the Ministry of the Interior of the Union and J&K officials to resolve law and order issues peacefully.
In the city of Srinagar, the District Judge announced that all curfews issued on or before May 5 had been canceled and new tickets would be issued after two days. The authorities did not want to take the risk after killing the most wanted militant commander who happened to be a Kashmiri.
Riyaz Naikoo took over as commander of the Hizbul Mujahidin after the poster boy and clothing commander Burhan Wani were killed in a shootout with security forces in the Kokarnag area in Anantnag district on July 8, 2016.
Naikoo carries a gift of Rs 12 lakh on his head. Naikoo has masterminded the killing of local police to pressure them not to get involved in anti-militancy operations.
Because of this perceived threat the police were advised not to visit their homes, especially in the South Kashmir district where Naikoo swayed among militants.
Before joining the ranks of terror, Naikoo worked as a mathematics teacher at a local school. He is known to have a passion for painting roses before he took a gun at the age of 33.