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There has been a spurt in terror activities across J&K amid the coronavirus pandemic.(/HT PHOTO. Representative image)

Jawan killed in ongoing gun battle between security forces, terrorists in J&K’s Doda

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Jammu
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 12:33 PM IST
There has been a spurt in terror activities across J&K amid Covid-19 pandemic.
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Syed Salahuddin, Hizbul Mujahideen’s PoK based chief(REUTERS)
Syed Salahuddin, Hizbul Mujahideen’s PoK based chief(REUTERS)

In Hizbul’s Kashmir terror team, ‘military adviser’ is most brutal: Cop

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 03:41 PM IST
Syed Salahuddin’s five sons live in Kashmir and have not picked up the gun, a sharp contrast to the hundreds of Kashmiris who have been radicalised to join his terror group over three decades
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Last week, internet connectivity and prepaid mobile phone services across Kashmir were snapped during a gun battle in which Riyaz Naikoo, the operations commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, and his aide were killed at Beighpora Gulzarpora village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.(Photo by Waseem Andrabi/ Hindustan Times)
Last week, internet connectivity and prepaid mobile phone services across Kashmir were snapped during a gun battle in which Riyaz Naikoo, the operations commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, and his aide were killed at Beighpora Gulzarpora village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.(Photo by Waseem Andrabi/ Hindustan Times)

2G mobile internet services restored in Kashmir

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 06:34 PM IST
Prepaid mobile phone services were restored on Friday, but mobile internet connectivity remained suspended till May 11, or the 17th day of the holy month of Ramzan, due to apprehensions about possible militant attacks.
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National Security Adviser Ajit Doval-led review meeting was attended by top army commanders and heads of central paramilitary forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir(HT Photo)
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval-led review meeting was attended by top army commanders and heads of central paramilitary forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir(HT Photo)

At NSA Ajit Doval’s mega Kashmir meet, a stinker for Pak and a piece of advice

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 09:43 PM IST
NSA Ajit Doval has advised security forces in Kashmir to focus on developing actionable intelligence and improve operational synergy among forces fronting the counter-terror operations
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People familiar with developments said the government had decided to restore mobile phone services on Friday night. However, a high-level meeting decided that mobile internet connectivity would remain suspended till the 17th day of the holy month of Ramzan (May 11).(HT FIle Photo)
People familiar with developments said the government had decided to restore mobile phone services on Friday night. However, a high-level meeting decided that mobile internet connectivity would remain suspended till the 17th day of the holy month of Ramzan (May 11).(HT FIle Photo)

J-K administration may keep internet suspended for a few more days

By Mir Ehsan | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 08:26 PM IST
The police have apprehensions that Naikoo’s killing could trigger massive clashes like those witnessed after the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016, and believe it would be better for mobile internet services to remain suspended for some more time.
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Policemen stop vehicles during the nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Srinagar on Friday.(ANI photo)
Policemen stop vehicles during the nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Srinagar on Friday.(ANI photo)

Riyaz Naikoo encounter: Restrictions tightened across Kashmir to maintain law and order

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Niyati Singh | Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 03:15 PM IST
Concertina wires and heavy deployment of security force personnel dotted the roads around densely populated areas of the city and elsewhere in the valley to ensure that only people with movement passes were out of their homes, officials said.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan denies that his government supports terrorism and claims that the violence in Kashmir was an ‘indigenous Kashmiri resistance’ against the Indian government(FB/ImranKhanOfficial)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan denies that his government supports terrorism and claims that the violence in Kashmir was an ‘indigenous Kashmiri resistance’ against the Indian government(FB/ImranKhanOfficial)

Pak launches terror’s new face in Kashmir, Imran Khan follows up on Twitter

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 07:02 PM IST
The Resistance Front, TRF is one of the continuing attempts by Pakistan’s ISI to put an India label on terror activities that it sponsors in Jammu and Kashmir
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Commander-in-Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Naikoo. Naikoo was killed in an encounter with security forces at Beighpora area in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)
Commander-in-Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Naikoo. Naikoo was killed in an encounter with security forces at Beighpora area in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)

Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo buried 100km from his hometown to avoid crowding

By Mir Ehsan | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 01:48 AM IST
The 35-year-old top Hizbul leader and was killed in his village, Gulzarpora Beighpora, after a five-hour gunfight on Wednesday, in what security experts described as a big success for the Indian forces.
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Security forces near the site of a gunfight in which Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo along with an associate were killed, in Beighpora area, Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Security forces near the site of a gunfight in which Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo along with an associate were killed, in Beighpora area, Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Top Hizbul commander Riyaz Naikoo killed in encounter

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Srinagar/New Delhi, Srinagar/new Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 03:07 AM IST
Naikoo, also known as Zubair ul Islam and Bin Qasim, who emerged as the face of the Hizbul in the Valley and propagated radicalism through audio and video messages on social media — much like his predecessor Burhan Wani.
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Commander-in-Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Naikoo. Naikoo was killed in an encounter with security forces at Beighpora area in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Wednesday(PTI File Photo)
Commander-in-Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Naikoo. Naikoo was killed in an encounter with security forces at Beighpora area in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Wednesday(PTI File Photo)

‘Leader decapitation always a blow’: Experts on Hizbul chief Riyaz Naikoo’s killing

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 10:36 PM IST
Naikoo’s killing came days after five security men, including the commanding officer of a Rashtriya Rifles battalion and a major, were killed in a counterterror operation in north Kashmir’s Handwara.
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ommander-in-Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Naikoo. Naikoo was killed in an encounter with security forces at Beighpora area in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)
ommander-in-Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Naikoo. Naikoo was killed in an encounter with security forces at Beighpora area in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)

Riyaz Naikoo, schoolteacher to one of Kashmir Valley’s most wanted men

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 06:12 AM IST
Before joining the Hizbul Mujahideen, Naikoo used to teach mathematics at a private school in Pulwama. The son of a farmer, Naikoo was detained by security forces during the unrest of 2010 and released in 2012. He was believed to have been radicalised around the same time.
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On 5 June, Riyaz Naikoo would have completed eight years in the Hizbul Mujahideen, a rarity in a career where many don’t last for more than a few years.
On 5 June, Riyaz Naikoo would have completed eight years in the Hizbul Mujahideen, a rarity in a career where many don’t last for more than a few years.

Top Hizbul terrorist Riyaz Naikoo was hiding in south Kashmir bunker; killed in overnight op

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 12:47 AM IST
The 32-year-old Riyaz Naikoo, also known by his alias Zubair ul Islam and Bin Qasim, was counted among Kashmir’s most-experienced terrorists.
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Riyaz Naikoo, who was leading the banned Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir valley, had been trapped in Beighbora village in Pulwama.((Photo: Twitter/@IjoydeepRoy))
Riyaz Naikoo, who was leading the banned Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir valley, had been trapped in Beighbora village in Pulwama.((Photo: Twitter/@IjoydeepRoy))

Riyaz Naikoo, top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, killed in Pulwama encounter

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 04:47 PM IST
The operation to nab Riyaz Naikoo was launched in his native Beigpora Gulazapura in Awantipora by the joint team of Jammu and Kashmir police and security forces on Tuesday night.
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Forensic officials inspect the wreckage of a bus after a suicide bomber rammed a car into the bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on Thursday, in Lethpora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, February 15, 2019.(Reuters)
Forensic officials inspect the wreckage of a bus after a suicide bomber rammed a car into the bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on Thursday, in Lethpora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, February 15, 2019.(Reuters)

Five days after Pulwama incident, Hizbul Mujahideen warns of suicide attacks by local men

By Mir Ehsan | Hindustan Times, Srinagar, Srinagar
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2019 10:12 AM IST
This is the first time that an indigenous militant group in Kashmir has warned of suicide attacks. Till now, such attacks, though few, were carried out by the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a Pakistan-based terror group active in Kashmir.
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Srinagar: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti.(PTI)
Srinagar: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti.(PTI)

Mehbooba’s visits to militants’ families a pre-poll drama: Hizbul

By Mir Ehsan | Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2019 11:34 PM IST
Naikoo said militants and civilians were also killed when Mufti was in power. He added Mufti’s statements then were aimed at appeasing her erstwhile alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Delhi.
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As anonymity was the key to foiling the militants’ game plan, the redeployed policemen functioned without uniforms in postings away from home.(Picture for representation)
As anonymity was the key to foiling the militants’ game plan, the redeployed policemen functioned without uniforms in postings away from home.(Picture for representation)

Punjab’s ‘anonymity model’ could help safeguard policemen’s kin in J-K

By Vinod Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2018 07:42 AM IST
Like in the Khalistan movement in Punjab through the eighties and nineties, the militants’ objective in Kashmir is to demoralise the state police. The Punjab administration had countered that threat by moving officers and men out of their home districts without formal transfer orders.
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According to officials, around 5,000 persons, including 218 women, have been appointed as constables this year.(HT Photo)
According to officials, around 5,000 persons, including 218 women, have been appointed as constables this year.(HT Photo)

Thousands in Valley queue up to be a cop

By Ashiq Hussain | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2018 11:29 PM IST
Experts say dearth of jobs in the state and the security of a government job are the two main factors that drive Kashmiri youth into the police and the army.
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Riyaz Naikoo took over as chief of Hizbul Mujahideen in the Valley after the killing of his associate Sabzar Bhat in May last year.
Riyaz Naikoo took over as chief of Hizbul Mujahideen in the Valley after the killing of his associate Sabzar Bhat in May last year.

Who is Riyaz Naikoo, Kashmir’s most wanted militant?

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 11:54 PM IST
Riyaz Naikoo, 30, started figuring prominently on the radar of security agencies after the killing of militant poster boy Burhan Wani in 2016. He carries a reward of Rs 12 lakh on his head.
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The abductions were all reported from south Kashmir, which has emerged as a militant hotspot in the Valley in recent years.(AP File Photo/Representative image)
The abductions were all reported from south Kashmir, which has emerged as a militant hotspot in the Valley in recent years.(AP File Photo/Representative image)

After tit-for-tat abductions, all 11 relatives of J&K police released by militants

By Mir Ehsan | Srinagar/New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 11:31 PM IST
Late on Friday evening, the militants released all 11 relatives of policemen after the state released the kin of the three militants detained earlier.
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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard near a temporary barricade in Srinagar on May 19, 2018.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Paramilitary soldiers stand guard near a temporary barricade in Srinagar on May 19, 2018.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Hizbul commander tells Kashmiri women to avoid chatting with soldiers on social media

By Ashiq Hussain | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2018 05:57 PM IST
In an audio statement, Hizbul Mujahideen’s Riyaz Naikoo asks young men to post their experiences on social media if army “pushes them” for providing information about militants.
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