As Sopore observed a shutdown for the second consecutive day to protest the mysterious civilian killings, the Jammu and Kashmir police put out “wanted” posters of “two Hizbul Mujahideen militants”, claiming that they were “responsible” for the deaths. The posters announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh each for information leading to the arrest of the two alleged militants, both residents of Sopore town.
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.
Najar is reportedly one of the top commanders of the Hizbul Mujahideen and according to the security agencies, Kundoo is affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen for several years and is seen as a close associate of Najar.
Surprisingly, police have not mentioned the names of other Hizbul Mujahideen militants, who operate in Sopore and are part of the group led by Najar. Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen has condemned the civilian killings and blamed them on “Indian agencies”.