‘Qayoom Najar was coming back to Kashmir to take command of Hizb’
Baramulla: Kashmir’s “most wanted” militant, Qayoom Najar of Sopore, was killed in a brief gunfight near the army’s Zorawar post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Zamboorpatan area of Uri on Tuesday morning, police and army said. Najoor had crossed the LoC to go to Pakistan-controlled territory in 2015 and was on his way back to Indian Kashmir to take over as commander of HizbMujahideen, police and army said.
Qayoom was identified as the fifth “infiltrator” to be killed along the LoC in Uri since Sunday, when three infiltrators were killed followed by a fourth on Monday. Police officials said that the army’s 34 RR detected suspicious movement along the LoC on Tuesday morning and when the infiltrators were challenged, they opened fire at the army soldiers. In the brief gunfight that followed, one infiltrator was killed and his body recovered, even as searches continued for others who were thought to have escaped.
Sub divisional police officer (SDPO) Uri, Syeed Javid Ahmad, said that a team of Uri police had reached the spot and recovered the body of the killed militant from the forests. Later in the day, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 19 infantry division Baramulla, along with IG North Kashmir Nitish Kumar and SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain, said at a presser that the slain militant was Abdul Qayoom Najar of Sopore who had crossed the LoC into Pakistani Kashmir in 2015 and was coming back to Indian Kashmir to take command of HizbMujahideen.
The officers said that Qayoom’s killing was a very significant achievement for police and security forces. They said that Abdul Qayoom Najar alias Jasahib and Ishfaq, son of Abdul Rashid Najar, resident of Mumkak Sopore, had been an active militant since 1999.
The officers said that Qayoom had been sent by United Jehad Council Commander Syed Salahudin to revive the Hizb, whose commanders Pervaiz Wani alias Mubashir and Yasin Yatoo were killed recently.
Qayoom’s return was also necessitated because of wiping out of HM from north Kashmir, the officers said. They said Qayoom was involved in killings of dozens of civilians.
Qayoom was baptised into militancy after the killing of then HM Chief Commander Abdul Majid Dar, who had entered into a dialogue process with the Government of India in the year 2000.
Qayoom was involved in a number of IED blasts carried out by the HM in Sopore, Pattan, Handwara and Baramulla areas of north Kashmir. He briefly fell out with HM and the Hurriyat leadership in 2015 when he carried out multiple attacks on mobile phone towers and the killings of some civilians affiliated with the Hurriyat. He was recalled to base camp in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, to sort out differences.
A few years ago, government forces declared Qayoom the most wanted militant in the Valley and announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information on him.
Meanwhile, reports said that the four militants who were killed by the army in Kalgay area of Uri over the past two days were buried in a graveyard near the TV tower in Uri by locals and policemen on late Monday night.
In this graveyard were buried the six militants who last year attacked an army camp in Uri and killed 19 soldiers.
Reports from Uri also said that a group of Pakistani rangers attacked several Indian Army posts in Keran sector on Tuesday afternoon, apparently to assist the infiltrators to cross into Indian territory. There is no report of any killing or injury in these attacks.