Terrorist killed in Ganderbal a close aide of slain Hizb chief Naikoo: J&K DGP

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Terrorist killed in Nunar, Ganderbal incident yesterday was a close aide of slain Hizbul Mujahideen’s chief operational commander, Reyaz Naikoo, and had been working as an Over Ground Worker (OGW) before joining the Hizb outfit actively a few months ago, Director General of Police (J&K) Dilbagh Singh said today.

“Yesterday, terrorists targeted the BJP vice president Ghulam Qadir in the Nunar area of Ganderbal. Qadir is a protected person with two PSOs. One of his PSOs Altaf Hussain retaliated and killed one terrorist but he sustained bullet wounds. Unfortunately, the  brave cop lost his life while saving Qadir,” DGP Singh told reporters on the sidelines of wreath laying ceremony of slain cop Altaf Hussain in Srinagar.

He said that the terrorist killed in retaliation by PSO Hussain was a close aide of Reyaz Naikoo.

“He has been identified as Shabir Ahmed of Awantipore (Pulwama). He was the right hand of Naikoo and was working as OGW for Hizb for a long time. He had joined active militancy just a few months ago and was associated with Hizbul Mujahideen outfit,” the DGP said, adding that Shabir was tasked to carry out the target hitting of BJP leaders in Ganderbal.

On being questioned about how an active terrorist from south Kashmir was able to reach Ganderbal, the DGP said that for a terrorist it is not a big deal to travel from one district to another.

Speaking on the recent highway attacks on the security forces, DGP Singh said that drones and other technical support is being used to monitor the terrorist movement on highways.

“Drones were used earlier as well. We are using other technical support to monitor terrorist movement on the highways. In many instances, we have killed the attackers on highways in counter attacks,” he said.

Recently, two CRPF men were killed and three were injured at Kandizaal area of Pampore in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district forcing the security agencies to go into a huddle to frame a fresh security strategy.