Anti-terror hit list: Army set for Final crackdown on most dreaded terrorists in Kashmir

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‘Militant-Free Kashmir Abhiyan’ by Indian Army, is facilitated with 15 new names on ‘Hit-List’

The Indian army has prepared a ‘hit list’ targeting terrorists active in the Kashmir valley. On the anti-terror hit list are the names of some of the most dreaded militant commanders including Zakir Musa, Riyaz Naikoo, and Abu Hanzala.

The hit list has put 15 most wanted terrorist as prime targets and the crackdown could begin anytime soon.

Riyaz Naikoo, 30, carries a bounty of Rs 12 lakh on his head. He surfaced on intelligence agencies’ radar after the killing of militant Burhan Wani. A resident of Naikoo Mohalla in Durbug of Awantipora, Naikoo has been categorised under ‘A++’ tag – reserved for the most dreaded militants in the valley. He is the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir.

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He has been cornered by the security forces on multiple occasions but managed to slip away repeatedly.

Zakir Musa, yet another known face in Kashmir militancy, he was named the head of the Al-Qaeda India unit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind in July.

Pakistani LeT commander Naveed Jatt is another top commander on the hit list of the security forces.

Dr Saifullah alias Abu Musaib is heading the medical team of Hizbul Mujhadeen. Hailing from Malangpora in Pulwama, he has been active since 2014. He shot into limelight after his video of operating an injured Jihadi went viral.

Zeenat Ul Islam alias Usmaan is Category: A++ militant of Hizbul Mujhadeen. A resident of Sugan Shopian, he is regarded as the IED expert.

Zahid Bhat of Karimabad Pulwama is the most wanted commander of Jaish-e-Mohommad. An A++ category terrorist, he is credited of reviving the Jaish after the killing of top militant commanders including Noor Trali and others in the encounter. He carries a bounty of Rs 12.5 lakh by virtue of being A++ commander.

The valley has seen a spate of violence in recent months leading to the arrest of various dreaded militants in the valley. The terrorists retaliated by abducting the family members of the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) police personnel – who were later released by terrorists in a quid pro quo prisoner exchange with security agencies.

The full list is given as follows:

1. Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa, active since 2013, (A++)
2. Riyaz Naikoo, active since 2010, (A++)
3. Dr. Saifullah alias Abu Musaib, active from 2014
4. Zeenat Ul Islam, active since 2015
5. Ashraf Khan, active since 2016
6. Naveed Jatt Abu Hazalla, (A++)
7. Mushtaq Ahmed Mir, (A++)
8. Arjumand Gulzar, (A++)
9. Azad Malik, (A++)
10. Idrees Bhat, active since 2014, (A++)
11. Zahid Ahmed Bhat, (A++)
12. Shah Jahan, active since 2017, (A++)