MHA dismisses IS presence in Kashmir

New Delhi: The government on Monday sought to downplay Islamic State’s presence in Jammu and Kashmir, but acknowledged the resurgence of a radical group in the Valley.
There is no authoritative information about the presence of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior home ministry official said.
The comment came in the wake of claims that the global terror organization was involved in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar wherein a militant, identified as Mugees, was killed and a sub-inspector, Imran Tak, lost his life.
‘Amaq’, which is the official news agency of ISIS, had claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Pictures of Mugees with the ISIS flag in the background surfaced on social media. Even his body was wrapped in IS flag during funeral.
However, the official said it has come to light that Mugees belonged to Tehreek-ul- Mujahideen (TuM) and was its Pulwama district commander.
The TuM was among the first few militant groups that emerged at the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, the official said.
After the killing of Mujees, Dawood Salfi has been appointed the group’s commander in Pulwama district.