Ground Report | New Delhi: Longest surviving Hizb commander; Claiming to have achieved a major breakthrough, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said the longest surviving militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in an encounter in Pazipora area of Handwara on Wednesday.
Longest surviving Hizb commander
Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar said that the oldest and top commander of the HM organization has been killed in an encounter in Handwara, adding that the slain was involved in the killing of civilians and security forces in North Kashmir.
Kashmir IGP in a tweet said, “One of the oldest and top commanders of HM militant organization Mehrajuddin Halwai alias Ubaid neutralized in Handwara encounter. He was involved in many insurgency crimes. A huge success: IGP Kashmir Said in a tweet.
In another tweet, the police said that “contemporary of HM’s infamous #militant Burhan Wani. While Burhan was involved in a series of killings of civilians/SF in South Kashmir, Mehrajuddin Halwai was involved in the killing of civilians/SF in North Kashmir. “
Earlier, Handwara Police had informed by tweeting that an encounter has started in Pazipora-Renan area of Kralgund Handwara.
Meanwhile, a police spokesperson said that the police during regular naka checking with SSB had stopped several vehicles which were being checked in connection with the enforcement of proper Covid treatment at Watian Handwara. “During checking, a pedestrian was behaving in a very suspicious manner, which was cleverly caught by the United Naka party. During his search, a grenade was recovered from him.
Accordingly, he was immediately shifted to the nearest police post for questioning. During interrogation, he identified himself as Mehraj-ud-din Halwai alias Ubaid Son resident Abdul Khaliq resident Khushal Mattoo Sopore, who is an active militant commander of banned terror outfit HM,” the spokesperson said.
“During further interrogation, on his disclosure, several CASOs were launched by Handwara Police, Army, CRPF and SSB, in village area Pajipora Rennan Kralgund in Handwara, when the CASO was launched, the militants tried to indicate the location. where he kept his arms and ammunition. On reaching the declared hideout, the militants picked up his concealed AK-47 rifle and started firing indiscriminately at the joint search party, which led to an encounter. He was killed in the ensuing firefight. “
Incriminating material, arms, and ammunition, one AK-47, 04 magazines, power banks, blankets, medicines, etc. were recovered from the said hideout (encounter site).
A++ category militant
As per police records, the said militant was an A++ category militant and was a group commander of the banned terror outfit HM. He was active since 2012 and was involved in several killings in North Kashmir. “He has a long criminal history including attacks on police/SF and civil atrocities. He was part of a group involved in various terror crimes and several cases were registered against him.
He was involved in the murder of SPO Mudassir Ahmad Dar of Untu Hamam Sopore on 28-07-2013, attack on sarpanch Khazir Mohd Pare of Krankshivan on 26-07-2013, murder of sarpanch Habib Ullah Mir of Goripora Bomai, attack on Panch Mst. Zuna Begum of Hardashiva Sopore attacked a police party along with her colleagues at Hygam Sopore on 26-04-2013, killing 04 policemen, besides, with three weapons of the slain policemen, killing Hurriyat activists Sheikh Altaf- Murder of ur- Rehman of Iqbal Nagar Sopore and Khurshid Ahmed Bhat of Bomai Sopore, Mehraj-ud-din Dar of Badambagh Sopore, former militants and Ejaz Ahmad Reshi of Mundji Sopore.
In addition, he was involved in attacks on various establishments including the attack on Hotel Himal Srinagar. (Longest surviving Hizb commander)
The slain militant was well acquainted with the modern means of communication by which he used to communicate with other militants and plan and carry out various militant activities on the ground. “He was instrumental in mobilizing and recruiting youth into militant ranks besides raising funds for promoting militancy activities.