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Top rated Hizb commander, a separatist’s son, among the two killed in Srinagar encounter

Top rated Hizb commander, a separatist’s son, among the two killed in Srinagar encounter

SRINAGAR: Best Hizbul Mujahideen commander Junaid Sehrai, son of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai

, was amongst two terrorists killed in an


at Nawa Kadal in Srinagar’s downtown region on Tuesday. Three CRPF staff and a policeman ended up also hurt in the firefight, the initial in Srinagar in the previous two a long time.

On August 12, 2018, a cop was killed and four protection staff hurt in a comparable gunbattle in Batamaloo spot. On October 17 the exact same 12 months, three Lashkar terrorists ended up gunned down in an anti-insurgency operation in Fateh Kadal, in which a policeman also missing his lifetime.

Not like the kin of most Kashmiri separatists who prefer joining government positions or businesses, Junaid (30) chose the route of terrorism and turned a member of the proscribed outfit in March 2018. An MBA from

Kashmir University

, he was Hizbul Mujahideen (HM)’s divisional commander for central Kashmir — Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts — and tasked with recruiting and coaching youth aside from heading terror activities in the location. “A native of Kupwara district, Junaid resided in Srinagar’s Hyderpora place with his father. He would maintain meetings with the city youth and lure them into becoming a member of militancy,” J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh stated even though addressing a push conference later in the working day.

Right before selecting up arms, Junaid was a mastermind at the rear of organising stone-pelting assaults on protection forces in Srinagar, IGP (Kashmir selection) Vijay Kumar reported. “He led mobs to create law-and-order disturbances in a bid to disrupt ongoing anti-insurgency functions. He also instigated youth to carry on in direction of encounter web pages to make safe passage for holed-up terrorists’ escape,” Kumar reported.

Due to the fact joining HM, Junaid was included in numerous terror crimes together with grenade assaults in south and central Kashmir, attacks on protection forces and bank robberies. He even indulged in the distribution of drugs and narcotics between youth and afterwards made use of them as his overground employees, the IGP additional.

The next terrorist slain in Tuesday’s come across was recognized as Tariq Ahmed Sheikh from south Kashmir’s

Pulwama district

, who was energetic in Pulwama and Shopian districts, DGP Singh extra.

Tuesday’s come across will come two months following Hizbul main Riyaz Naikoo — one of the outfit’s longest-surviving commanders in Kashmir who was on the run for 8 yrs — was killed together with a shut aide, Adil Bhat, in a 42-hour-very long anti-insurgency procedure in Beighpora space of Awantipora, in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district that finished on May perhaps six. Quickly after, HM appointed 26-12 months-outdated Saifullah Mir, aka Ghazi Haider — who was radicalised by Naikoo — as its new chief.

On Tuesday, upon obtaining particular intelligence inputs, a joint staff of CRPF and J&K Police’s specific operations team launched a cordon-and-search operation in Nawa Kadal’s Kanimazar spot all-around 2am and zeroed-in on two terror hideouts. “The to start with point we did in the early morning was to evacuate the residents from the region. In the procedure, a CRPF guy and SOG cop were wounded. In the last assault, a terrorist hurled a hand grenade in which two extra CRPF personnel ended up wounded,” DGP Singh reported.

The hideouts were being then bombed, killing the terrorists. DGP Singh claimed only one particular residential residence caught fireplace in the operation, which was doused immediately. Regional residents, however, claimed that various properties have been ruined for the duration of the come across. Cell net and telephone products and services — barring BSNL postpaid connections — have been briefly suspended in Srinagar as a precautionary evaluate, and restored later in the evening.

There are not far more than 240 terrorists lively in Kashmir Valley, between which all over 14 are in central Kashmir, the DGP stated, incorporating that 73 terrorists have been killed so far in 2020 even though 95 terrorists and their associates have been arrested.

Junaid’s father Ashraf Sehrai (72), who is considered extra of a hardliner than his predecessor and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat’s founding chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was elected immediately after the latter relinquished his position in 2018. Geelani experienced been the organisation’s chairman due to the fact it was fashioned in 2004 while Sehrai acted as its general secretary.

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