4 Associates Of HM Militant Burhan Wani Killed In A Week In Kashmir

27 October 2015
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: Kashmir militancy's new poster boy and Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani has suffered a jolt as security forces have killed four of his associates in two gunfights in the Valley in a week. On Monday evening, police's anti-militancy Special Operations Group (SOG) and army killed two Hizbul Mujahideen militants during a gunfight in Drubgam village of South Kashmir's Pulwama district. An army man was also killed in the gunfight. The deceased militants were identified as Afaq Ahmed Bhat and Manan Ahmed Dar, both locals. Afaq is son of a police officer. Police said both the militants had joined militancy few months back and were associates of Burhan Wani. Burhan is the most wanted militant in Kashmir and has posted videos and pictures on social networking sites including Facebook to lure youth to militancy. His pictures in fatigues and rifles and video giving sermon to people about jehad had gone viral in the Valley. 21-year-old Burhan, who is son of a government school principal and hails from Tral area of Pulwama, carries a reward of Rs 10 lakhs on his head. According to police about 30 youth have joined Hizbul Mujahideen in South Kashmir this year. On October 23, police and army had shot dead two Hizb militants Adil Khanday and Irshad Ahmad Sheikh, both residents of South Kashmir's Shopian district, during a gunfight in Shopian. Both Adil and Irshad were associates of Burhan and had appeared in videos with Burhan circulated on the social media. A police officer said both the operations were launched after receiving specific inputs about movement of militants. 'We have launched operations to break the network of Burhan and track down all the militants active in the South Kashmir,' he said. The official said police, army and paramilitary CRPF are coordinating the operations and sharing information for better results. Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Spokesperson Burhan-u-deen is concerned over killing of its militants in South Kashmir. 'It is shocking and disturbing that 'Indian agents' in South Kashmir have become very active,' he said. 'On daily basis our militants are being killed,' HM spokesman said adding 'We have directed our intelligence chief to identify and expose those agents who help to kill these militants'.