New DelhiThe Union government Monday sought to downplay presence of so called Islamic State (ISIS) group in Jammu and Kashmir, but acknowledged the resurgence of a radical group in the Valley.
There is no authoritative information about the presence of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior home ministry official said.
The comment came in the wake of claims that the global terror organization was involved in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar wherein a militant, identified as Mugees, was killed and a sub-inspector, Imran Tak, lost his life.
‘Amaq’, which is the official news agency of ISIS, had claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Pictures of Mugees with the ISIS flag in the background surfaced on social media. Even his body was wrapped in the flag of the ISIS during funeral.
However, the official said it has come to light that Mugees belonged to a militant group called Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen and was its Pulwama district commander.
The Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen was among the first few militant groups that emerged at the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, the official said.
It follows the ideology of Salafism which is ultra radical like ISIS. However, the police have found no logistical connection between the two, another official said.
The cadre strength of the group is very small and it has been facing an extreme shortage of weapons.
Officials said the Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen was founded much before the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen came into existence.
After the killing of Mugees, Adil Ahmed has been appointed the group’s commander in Pulwama district.
Will Maintain Zero Tolerance: MoS Defence
The government has zero tolerance for terrorism and it is determined to flush out militants from Kashmir, minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre said on Monday.
Bhamres comments came two days after the security forces killed six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including the nephew of alleged Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, in north Kashmirs Bandipora district.
Our policy is clear. There is zero tolerance for terrorism. We are going to stop cross border infiltration of terrorists. Our Army is trying to flush out terrorism from the Valley, he told reporters on the sidelines of an event.
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