Riyaz Naikoo among 64 militants killed since Jan this year: IGP Kashmir


Terming the killing of Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo in an encounter at Beighpora village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district as a major success, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar on Thursday said that police were searching for slain commander for the past six months.

“The killing of Riyaz Nakoo is a major success for the forces and is certainly a major setback to the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit,” the IGP told reporters.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Thursday, May 7, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

He said the slain was involved in many killings including that of policeman and political workers.

“Security forces launched 27 operations and 64 militants were killed since January this year in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, adding that  25 active militants were arrested.

He said that police were searching for slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo for the past 6 months.

Replying to a question about the suspension of cellphone services, IGP said: “restrictions on movement and mobile phones and internet  were necessary to maintain law and order.”

“We will soon review the security situation and accordingly a decision would be taken,” he said.

He said after the encounter there was law and order situation at the site. “Few people have been injured some of them have bullet injuries,” said IGP.

The IGP said the forces would continue operations to chase the militants.

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