118 mujahideen martyred in first half of 2020

A total of 118 mujahideen of various outfits have been martyred in the first six months of this year in Kashmir and among the martyred around 50 percent belong of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
Inspector General of Indian occupational Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said 118 mujahideen had been martyred in the first six months of 2020.
“Of them 11 were Pakistani and 107 were local,” Kumar said in a news conference here Wednesday.
He said of the 118 martyred mujahideen in the Valley, the highest 57 were associated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen followed by 24 of Lashkar-e-Toiba, 22 of Jaish-e-Muhammad, seven each of Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, and Islamic State Jammu Kashmir, and one mujahid of Al Badr organization.
“Almost 50 percent of the martyred mujahideen belong to the Hizb,” Kumar said.
The IGP Kashmir said among the martyred mujahideen  were also commanders of their outfit’s including Hizb’s Reyaz Naikoo, Hyder of LeT, Qari Yasir of Jaish-e-Muhammad, Burhan Koka of AGH and Junaid Sehrai.
Kumar also released a list of 12 mujahideen who will be the top target of the occupational forces in Kashmir.
“In next two months, Jaish’s Lamboo Bhai will be the first target while it’s another associate Waleed Bhai, who is an IED expert, will be second target and third target will be Gazi Rafiq, who is Jaish’s chief,” Kumar said.
The target list follows LeT mujahideen Usman and Sajad in Sopore, Ishfaq Dar in Shopian, Yousuf Kantroo of Budgam and Nasir of Sopore.
Hizb chief in Kashmir Dr Saifullah, district commander Budgam Farooq, Ashraf Moulvi and another mujahid also figure in the hit list, the IGP said.
Kumar said there had been 48 percent decline in local mujahideen recruitment this year against last year.
He said 129 youth had joined mujahideen ranks in a span of six months from January to June in 2019.
“This year, 67 youth picked up gun and out of them 24 have been martyred in gunfights while 12 were arrested and the remaining mujahideen are active,” Kumar said.
The IGP Kashmir said the occupational forces also recovered 121 weapons from the gunfight sites which include 62 AK-47 rifles, nine SLR guns, four Insas rifles, one M4 rifle, one Tika gun, and 44 pistols.
Kumar said 66 modules of militants were also busted and 66 weapons were recovered separately.
The recovered weapons include 21 AK-47 rifles, two SLR rifles, one Insas and 42 pistols, he said.
He said 79 mujahideen were buried at remote locations in Kashmir instead of their native places in view COVID-19 pandemic and only four mujahideen remained unidentified.
Kumar said 160 to 170 mujahideen were still active in Kashmir.
Moreover, 22 hideouts of mujahideen were also busted and 22 hardcore mujahideen were arrested including top commander Naveed Bhai, who was held along with the DySP, he said.
Police also arrested 309 over ground workers of mujahideen in Kashmir.
The IGP Kashmir said 21 FIRs were registered by Police against the misuse of social media in Kashmir.
In these cases, three persons have been arrested while the process is underway to arrest the remaining involved persons, he said.
In last six months, Police also registered 304 cases under NDPS Act and arrested 496 persons for their involvement in drug peddling.

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