J&Okay POLICE has launched a listing of 10 most wished militants – seven outdated militant commanders and three new recruits. The record was launched by IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar.
“Top 10 targets: Old terrorists – Salim Parray, Yousuf Kantroo, Abbas Sheikh, Reyaz Shetergund, Farooq Nali, Zubair Wani & Ashraf Molvi. New terrorists – Saqib Manzoor, Umer Mustaq Khandey & Wakeel Shah: IGP Kashmir,” the police tweeted Monday night time.
Among these named, Mohammad Abbas Sheikh is a prime militant commander from south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. A resident of Rampur village, the 44-year-old is among the oldest militants. Sheikh has recycled into militancy two instances and is on the radar of the safety businesses since 2015, when he re-joined the militants after launch from jail.
An outdated hand of Hizbul Mujahideen, Sheikh is believed to have converted to The Resistance Front (TRF), which police say is a shadow group of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). In the previous six years, he has escaped a number of instances after breaking the safety cordon.
According to the police sources, near a dozen members of Sheikh’s household, together with his brothers and nephew, joined militancy and have been killed in gunfights. His sister Naseema is below detention allegedly for serving to militants.
Another militant on the record, Mohammad Ashraf Khan alias Moulvi, is from Tengpawa village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The 43-year-old militant commander joined militancy in September 2016 and is related to Hizbul Mujahideen. Khan is among the senior Hizb commanders and was tipped to succeed its chief Dr Saifullah, who was killed in a gunfight in Srinagar in October 2020. After Saifullah’s killing, Hizb has not introduced the title of its new operational commander within the valley and it might properly be Khan.
Also on the record is Mohammad Saleem Parray alias Billa, who rose to prominence in 2017 instantly after he joined LeT. A resident of Hajin village in north Kashmir’s Bandipore district, the 26-year-old was a part of the Lashkar module, largely of foreigners, that turned Hajin as a militant hotbed in 2017 and 2018.
The different three outdated arms embody Riyaz Ahmad Dar (33), Farooq Ahmad Bhat (40) and Mohammad Yousuf Dar (51). Riyaz is a resident of Sathergund village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama and joined militancy in 2015. He is related to LeT.
Bhat also called Umer is a resident of Yaripora village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam and joined the militant ranks in 2015. He is related to Hizbul Mujahideen.Yousuf alias Kantur alias Issa is among the oldest militants within the valley. The 51-year-old is from Check Kawoosa village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. He joined militancy in 2017 and is related to Hizbul Mujahideen.