Security Agencies Prepare Hit List of Top 10 Militants


Srinagar: Security agencies have prepared a list of 10 most wanted militants in Jammu Kashmir that includes top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Ahmed Naikoo, against whom targeted operations will soon be launched, wire agencies quoting officials reported on Tuesday.

The list was prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) soon after Amit Shah took charge following inputs from intelligence agencies, paramilitary forces, the Army and the J&K Police, these reports said.

Naikoo, the Operations Commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, tops the list as he has been involved in a series of “subversive activities” leading to casualties among security personnel and civilians, report quoting security official said.

The wanted militants include Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Shopian district commander Wasim Ahmed alias Osama, HM’s Anantnag district commander Muhammad Ashraf Khan, HM’s Baramulla district commander Merajuddin, HM militant operator in Srinagar Saifullah Mir alias Doctor Saif, HM’s Pulwama district commander Arshaid-ul Haq, the report revealed.

Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief operational commander in the Valley, Hafiz Umar, who is a Pakistani national, North Kashmir Divisional Commander of militant group Al Badr Javed Mattoo, HM militant Ajaz Ahmed Malik and JeM militant Zahid Sheikh alias Umear Afghani are the other listed militants, according to the report.

Targeted operations will soon be launched against these 10 militants to eliminate or nab them, the official was quoted as saying.

According to the report, the Home Minister, after taking charge, met with J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Secretary of Home Rajiv Gauba Director of the Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain, RAW chief Anil Dhasmana and senior officials of the home ministry.

Shah reportedly instructed the officials to maintain zero-tolerance towards terrorism across the country and remain unfazed by the criticism.

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