Terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen is likely to make Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo as its militant commander following the killing of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat yesterday in an encounter with security forces at Tral.
According to reports appearing in a section of media, the Jammu and Kashmir police see Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo as new Hizbul commander in the Kahsmir Valley.
Riyaz Naikoo is said to be one the oldest militants of Hizbul Mujahideen. Unlike Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, Riyaz Naikoo is tech savvy. The terror outfit may appoint him as commander to use his abilities to galvanise support for militancy through social media campaigns.
Riyaz Naikoo is a native of Durbug in Awantipora district. He is said to have escaped from the trap laid down by the security forces a couple of times over past three years. As late as the previous week, Riyaz Naikoo was cornered by the security forces in Pulwama district. But he escaped.
Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo came to limelight January last year, when he arrived during the funeral procession of Shariq Ahmad Bhat, who had been killed in a night-long encounter with security forces. Mixing with the crowd Naikoo made his way towards Bhat’s body along with Lateef Ahmad Dar and Ishfaq Ahmad Dar. Reports say that all were carrying Kalashnikov rifles.
source – India Today