Ter­ror chief killed in J&K’s Kul­gam car­ried re­ward on head

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region - HT Correspondent

The chief of mil­i­tant out­fit al-Badr with a ~12 lakh re­ward on his head was among the two mil­i­tants killed in a gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces in Kul­gam district a day ear­lier, Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice said Sun­day.

In a state­ment, po­lice said Zeenat-ul-Is­lam, 31, who was also an IED ex­pert, was killed along with his ac­com­plice Sha­keel Ah­mad Dar. The slain mil­i­tants were from Shopian district.

The state­ment said Zeenat had a “long his­tory of ter­ror crimes” since 2006. It added he was ear­lier af­fil­i­ated with the Hizbul Mu­jahideen. Zeenat al­legedly helped mil­i­tants as an over ground worker be­fore his ar­rest in 2008. He got mar­ried upon his re­lease in 2010 be­fore join­ing LeT in 2015. He then switched to the HM.

Zeenat is be­lieved to have been be­hind a 2017 am­bush in which three soldiers were killed.

HIZBUL MIL­I­TANT AR­RESTED IN SHOPIAN

Po­lice of Delhi and Jammu and Kash­mir in a joint op­er­a­tion have ar­rested an al­leged Hizbul Mu­jahideen mil­i­tant and ap­pre­hended a ju­ve­nile in Jammu and Kash­mir’s Shopian district.

Po­lice said the two mil­i­tants were in touch with Naveed Babu, a po­lice­man who turned mil­i­tant and heads the out­fit as its “area com­man­der”. The duo was al­legedly try­ing to es­tab­lish a con­tact in Delhi NCR for a reg­u­lar sup­ply of weapons here, po­lice said.

Ki­fay­at­ul­lah Bukhari, 22, a res­i­dent of Shopian and his ac­com­plice were picked up from near Nar­waw vil­lage, said deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (spe­cial cell) Pramod Kush­wah.

“Af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­puts last week, we had been work­ing on iden­ti­fy­ing a module that is ISISin­spired, and was try­ing to pro­cure weapons from north In­dian states. We learnt that the ter­ror module was also strength­en­ing it­self in J&K and try­ing to ex­pand their ac­tiv­i­ties in Delhi and nearby ar­eas,” the DCP said.

On Fri­day, trac­ing the move­ment of the sus­pects, a trap was laid and Bukhari was ar­rested. He is a school drop-out and used to work for a trans­port com­pany. The 22-year-old had re­cently ap­plied for a visa to Pak­istan, to un­dergo “mil­i­tancy train­ing ”. The ju­ve­nile is a stu­dent of a madarsa, po­lice added.

“A pis­tol and 14 car­tridges were seized from them. They were in con­tact with Naved Mus­taq, 30, alias Naveed Babu, a res­i­dent of Nazneen­pora in Shopian. Babu had joined J&K Po­lice in 2012 as a con­sta­ble be­fore he joined the mil­i­tant group in 2017,” Kush­wah said.

A case has been filed in Jammu and Kash­mir and the state po­lice are prob­ing into the mat­ter.

HT FILE

Po­lice said both mil­i­tants were af­fil­i­ated to Al-Badr and were wanted for many ter­ror-re­lated in­ci­dents.

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