Srinagar (NVI): With the killing of the most wanted, Hamid Lelhari and his two associates, the dreaded terror outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) has been completely wiped out in the Valley “as of now”, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said.
Addressing the media here on October 23, the state police chief said that, security forces recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from the slain terrorists, including three AK-47 and 56 rifles.
Talking about Hamid Lelhari, he said that Lelhari became active in Awantipora and Pulwama areas in 2016 and was involved in several terror activities there.
Lelhari took over the command of AGH, after Zakir Musa was killed in an encounter by the security forces in May this year.
“After the death of Zakir Musa, the outfit was almost finished but later Lelhari assumed its command and motivated others to join the outfit. He included two terrorists — Naveed and Junaid — into his group,” Dilbag Singh said.
“All the three were from the Awantipora belt and were working in coordination with Jaish-e-Mohammed, which in turn was in touch with Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other terror organisations,” he added.
Hamid Lone alias Hamid Lelhari along with his associates — Naveed Tak and Junaid Bhat –were killed in an encounter with security forces on October 22.
Replying to a question on militant activities, the DGP said that decline in militant activities in the Valley has been troubling Pakistan and due to this reason, Pakistan is desperately trying to push in terrorists into Indian territory. Some militant infiltration have taken place but a number of attempts have been foiled.
He said, ceasefire violations have increased in several areas including Machel, Gurez, Hiranagar, Samba, Uri. Whenever there is ceasefire violation by Pakistan, attempts are made to push in militants. Since terror launch pads were very close to the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan army and ISI try to push in terrorists to Indian side.