Anantnag: Hours after militants shot dead four policemen in Shopian, police on late Wednesday evening raided the houses of at least two top militants, among them Hizbul Mujahideen’s Chief of Operations in Kashmir, Riyaz Naikoo, in Pulwama district.
The houses of Naikoo and another top militant Lateef Tiger were raided in Beighpora and Dogripora villages in Awantipora police district.
During the raids the police detained Naikoo’s father Asadullah Naikoo and Tiger’s father Ghulam Hassan Khazir. Tiger’s brothers Zubair and Nadeem were detained as well.
Police confirmed the detentions but said that they were not arrested.
“They have been summoned for some questioning,” a senior police official told Kashmir Reader.
The three of them were yet to be released while this report was being filed.
Naikoo heads the Hizb in Kashmir and is one of the most wanted militants on government forces’ list. Lateef Tiger was a close associate of slain Hizb commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and was part of the famous group photograph featuring Burhan Wani among 16 militants, of whom only Lateef Tiger and Tariq Pandit are alive. Pandit is in jail, making Lateef Tiger the lone surviving militant from among the sixteen.
The government forces also detained more than a dozen youths from different villages of Pulwama district on Wednesday night.
As per sources, raids were conducted in Murran, Gudoora, Wapora and Gudibugh villages of the district where the youths were detained.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that the youths were picked up from their houses during nocturnal raids and were yet to be released.
A senior police official said that the youths had been detained for questioning.