Protesters also clashed with the police in which one youth was injured. Locals allege that youth received a bullet injury that was fired by the police.
In a departure from the practice of sending statements to the media, this is the first time a militant commander in the Valley has addressed people directly through a video message.
The video footage, police sources said, suggested that Najar was personally involved in the attack on a telecommunication company’s showroom in Srinagar.
Najar, police claims is behind the six killings in the North Kashmir and also responsible for recent strikes on mobile towers in the Valley.
A police spokesperson said Baba was operating as the self-styled commander of a sleeper cell.
Tariq alias Zahid, a resident of Mawar Langate in Kupwara, was a recycled militant who was close to Najar.
Najar was recently expelled from Hizbul Mujahideen by its chief Syed Salahuddin accusing him of being responsible for the attacks on telecom towers and for civilian killings in Sopore town.
They are young, educated and wealthy. And they love wielding their guns for the camera. Bashaarat Masood on the new crop
of militants in the Valley. Photographs by Shuaib Masoodi
Abdul Qayoom Najar, one of the longest surviving militants, has been active since 1995.
The J&K police sees this as an attempt to glamourise the militancy in Kashmir.
The brazen display of nonchalance came within a fortnight the law enforcement agencies managing to remove still photos of the militants in battle gear from Facebook, official sources said.
By 2001, Salahuddin was ready to come back, and I advocated it hundred times. Possibily the (RAW) Chief after me, Vikram Sood, had other interests: Dulat
The Hizbul Mujahideen said former R&AW chief Dulat’s claim that Hizbul chief had called up a senior IB officer to seek a seat for his son in medical college was a ‘Himalayan lie’.
Photo of ‘Sopore killer Qayoom Najar’ is mine, says Kupwara shopkeeper Irfan Shah; police say he is a ‘lookalike’.
The posters were pasted at several places in the town Monday night and have pictures of the two men, identified as Abdul Qayoom Najar and Imtiyaz Ahmad Kundoo.