Riyaz Naikoo, the most wanted terrorist and the commander of group of Hizbul mujahideen was killed in an encounter in pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir today.
He was killed in the anti-terrorist operation conducted by both the Army and J&K Police in the Beighpura area of pulwama District. One more terrorist was killed earlier in the encounter.
Officials stated, At around 9 am the encounter began with the suspension of mobile Internet in the Valley as the top commander along with other accomplice was trapped in an encounter earlier but didn’t revealed the identity.
According to SP Vaid, former Director General of J&K Police, Naikoo was the most wanted terrorist after former Hizbul chief Burhan Wani, who was killed in an encounter in July 2016.
Who was Riyaz Naikoo?
A native of Durbug in Awantipora in Pulwama district, Riyaz Naikoo aged 32 was on a run for eight years and carried 12 lakh reward on his head. He was a teacher by profession earlier and was famous doing things on and off ground. He was wanted in several killing including police officers.
Police records state that Naikoo, after his release from detention under public safety (PSA), got drawn into terrorism.
Riyaz Naikoo became the de facto chief of the terror group after the death of Burhan Wani, the poster boy of militancy in the Valley, in July 2016.
In 2017, Riyaz Naikoo had also invited Kashmiri Pandits to return to the valley. In an 11-minute video address, Naikoo, alias Zubair, had said, “We will welcome them (Kashmiri Pandits) warmly and there is always place for them in our hearts. They are part of our nation. We are their protectors and not their enemies.”