Hizbul Mujahideen's Top Commander Riyaz Naikoo Gunned down In Kashmir Encounter

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo was shot dead in an anti-terrorist operation led by the military and Jammu and Kashmir Police in the Beighpura district of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Hizbul Mujahideen's Top Commander Riyaz Naikoo Gunned down In Kashmir Encounter

New Delhi: In a major triumph, Indian security forces killed Kashmir's most wanted terrorist Riyaz Naikoo on Wednesday, May 6 in an encounter in the Beighpora area of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. 35-year-old Naikoo, an A++ category terrorist was carrying a reward of Rs 12 lakh on his head. Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been suspended across all 10 districts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure.

On Monday, When Riyaz Naikoo came to his native home in Pulwama's Beighpora village, the multiple teams of Army, including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police surrounded Beighpora and sealed all the entry and exit points of the village. Following the launch of the operation, fields around Naikoo’s house and a railway track were dug up over inputs about the possibility of tunnels or an underground hideout, said the sources.

The encounter between militants and armed forces started early morning on Wednesday 6 May when the security forces were fired upon while leading a house-to-house search operation.

Along with Naikoo, two more militants were killed in a separate encounter in Awantipora and Sharshali Khrew district, says, Officials.

Needed in 11 terror-related cases, Riyaz Naikoo became head of terror operations in Kashmir. He took control over the reins after the death of Burhan Wani in July 2016. Being born in south Kashmir, Naikoo became a maths school teacher and then turned into a militant in the year 2012.

Naikoo was the most wanted terrorist after former Hizbul chief Burhan Wani, who was killed in an encounter in July 2016, according to SP Vaid, former Director-General of Jammu and Kashmir Police.