Shopian: The Army on Saturday pasted posters of ‘Wanted Militants’ in several areas of Shopian, including the main town. However there was no bounty mentioned on these posters.
The posters pasted surfaced in Trenz, Heff, Pinjora, Pehlporich, Balpora and Shirmal villages and carry photos of active local militants along with mobile numbers of army garrisons of Balpora and Chogam. According to police sources, all militants whose posters surfaced were affiliated with the Hizb ul Mujahideen.
There are about a dozen militants’ names in this wanted list.
Among them is Zubair Ahmad Turay of Bonbazar of Shopian town, who fled from police custody on May 1 after being in continuous detention from 2015, despite his custody having been quashed by the honourable High Court of Jammu and Kashmir. He went on to release a video on May 14, confirming his joining militant ranks. Also mentioned in the posters that surfaced in the Shirmal area is cop-turned-militant Syed Naveed of Nazninpora, who decamped this May with five rifles from his post at the Food Corporation of India godown in Budgam district.
Another militant sought, who is also affiliated with the Hizb group, is Showkat Ahmad Kumar of Trenz village. He has pursued a Molvi course from Gujarat and joined militancy in 2016, during the summer uprising. Showkat is the son of Abdul Ahad Kumar who is ‘Rukni jamat’. In Heff area, the Army pasted posters of another Hizb-affiliate, Zeenat-ul-Islam of Sugan village.
Most posters pasted under the wanted list by the Army were affiliated with the Hizb outfit.
Army officials said that “after orders from higher authorities, we pasted the photos of wanted militants in majority of areas in Shopian”.
They added that the posters were not only circulated in Shopian but also in parts of Pulwama like Rajpora.
“The bounty on the heads of the militants was not mentioned, but we will give sufficient cash reward to people who inform us about the presence of militants,” an official from Chogam army garrison said.