Srinagar, May 06 : Police on Wednesday said Reyaz Naikoo was masterminded behind the revival of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in Jammu and Kashmir.
“He joined Militant ranks of HM outfit in May 2012 and was a close associate of Burhan Wani. After Zakir Musa’s defection from HM to form his own Outfit called Ansar Gazwat ul Hind, he took command of HM outfit in Jammu Kashmir,” a police spokesman said. Zakir Musa was killed last year.
“Naikoo had been continuously making audio and video clips and putting up on social media to motivate youth to join militancy and went on recruiting new boys,” he said, adding, “He was responsible for a large number of innocent youths getting into militant ranks and indulging in serious violence against local population and SF.”
Naikoo, the spokesman said that he executed a series of attacks on policemen, SF and civilians. Police claimed his involvement in nine killings besides release of an audio tape threatening attacks on the Jail staff after “preferential treatment being provided to militants and the separatists lodged in various jails was discontinued.”
Apart from it, the spokesman said, he was involved in many other cases for which a big number of FIRs were registered against him.