Aadil Ahmed Bhat was apprehended from Bijbehara railway station.
Waheed Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Kachloo Kralgund, was nabbed during routine inspection at a checkpoint near Larganapora Bichwara village of Kralgund on Monday, the official said. The second person who was arrested was Mohammad Shafi Mir, a resident of Supernaghama.
More than 30 militants, most of them locals, were killed in various operations across the Valley in the last one month.
Kulgam encounter: One militant was also arrested by the security forces in Kulgam district, reported news agency ANI.
Police have identified the militants killed as Tariq Ahmad and Altaf Ahmad of Hizbul Mujahideen who were involved in several attacks on security forces.
Two AK assault rifles, three AK magazines, 90 AK rounds, one INSAS rifle, one INSAS magazine, 13 INSAS rounds and other items were seized from the encounter site, the police spokesperson said. He said the two militants were involved in many “anti-national and anti-social activities”.
Police sources said Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo, who is believed to have taken over as HM’s operational commander following Yasin Yatoo killing on August 13, issued the warning recently. Electronic surveillance of phones is said to have led forces to many militant hideouts.
The US on Wednesday designated the Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist group, nearly two months after declaring its Pakistan-based chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist.
“The designation of individuals or groups supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination as terrorists is completely unjustified,” Nafees Zakaria said. Asked whether Pakistan would take up the matter with the US, he said, “whenever meeting between the two sides is held, we table all concerns from our side.”
For India, designation of Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terror outfit is going to be a big diplomatic victory as it will also put Pakistan under pressure to rein in Hizb and its leadership in that country.
Though the Hizbul Mujahideen has been projected as the largest “Kashmiri” militant group, during the last decade and half, it had lost the appeal to a more radical section such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Hizbul Mujahideen designated foreign terrorist organisation: Through United Nation Security Council, New Delhi has been pushing for a ban on Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and its chief Syed Salahuddin, but has been vetoed by China.
The Hizbul Mujahideen, also known as the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen or just HM, was formed in 1989. It is one of the largest and oldest militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir. The group is headed by Mohammad Yusuf Shah, who goes by the alias Syed Salahuddin.
Hizbul Mujahideen: The move comes a month after the outfit’s chief, Syed Salahuddin, was named as a specially designated global terrorist.
The US had also designated Hizbul Chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist just hours before a scheduled meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi couple of months ago.