New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In what comes as a major achievement in the anti-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir, top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen terror group Riaz Naikoo has been killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district, according to news agencies PTI and ANI

Naikoo had been trapped in his native Beighpora village since Tuesday night and the operation ended following his killing by the security forces. 

Anticipating a law and order problem, mobile internet services were suspended and strict restrictions imposed on the movement of people. 

Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the local police had launched a joint operation after receiving credible information that the top Hizbul Mujahideen commander had come to visit his home in Beighpora village. They had sealed all entry and exit points of the village. 

Earlier in the day, the security forces gunned down two unidentified militants in a separate encounter in in Sharshali village of Pulwama following information about the presence of militants there, the officials said.

On Sunday two senior Army officers - a colonel and a major - were among five security personnel killed in action during an encounter in Handwara in J&K's Kupwara district. A sub-inspector and two soldiers also lost their lives.

On Monday, there was an attack on a CRPF (central reserve police force) team in the same area that led to three personnel being killed.

Who is Riyaz Naikoo

Riyaz Naikoo took over as the commander of Hizbul Mujahideen after the outfit's poster boy and commander Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Kokarnag area in Anantnag district on July 8, 2016.

Naikoo carries a reward of Rs 12 lakh on his head. Before joining the militant ranks, Naikoo worked as a mathematics teacher at a local school. He was known to have passion for painting roses before he picked up the gun at the age of 33.

Security forces hold Naikoo responsible for holding the Hizbul together after its possible disintegration when Zakir Musa broke away from the Hizbul ranks to form his own splinter group.

Musa split from the Hizbul in 2017 and formed his own group called Ansar Ghazwatul Hind that claimed to be the Indian affiliate of the Al-Qaeda. Musa was killed in Dadsara area in Tral tehsil in an encounter with the security forces on May 23, 2019.

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