An MBA pass out Junaid joined HM in 2018
Srinagar: Junaid alias Amaar Bhai had announced his joining the militant ranks on 24 March 2018 when his pictures brandishing AK-47 riffle went viral on social networking sites.
Wearing a skull cap, the 29-year-old was seen with the riffle signaling his joining the Hizbul, which was a usual trait of the militant outfit to announce the joining of the new cadre to the ranks during that time.
Junaid, an MBA pass-out, had left for Friday prayers on 23 March 2018 but did not return home in the uptown Bagaat area of Srinagar city. The next day, his family approached the Police Station Saddar and formally lodged a missing report.
Hours later Junaid’s picture surfaced on social media. The killing of Junaid, youngest son of Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, comes less than a fortnight after Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo was killed along with his associate in an encounter with a joint team of police, army and CRPF at Beighpora village, his hometown in Awantipora area of Pulwama district on May 6.
The encounter leading to the killing of Junaid and Tariq started after the joint team of Police and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in the Kanimazar area late last night.
As the joint team approached towards the suspected house, officials said, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering off an encounter. A policeman from Special Operation Group and three paramilitary CRPF personnel were injured during the course of the gunfight and were removed to hospital, they said.
The operation was suspended due to darkness and resumed during the wee hours on Tuesday, reaching its peak as the day progressed, they added. Two AK-47 rifles and other arms and ammunition were claimed to have been recovered from the slain duo.
Meanwhile, voice calling and mobile internet services have been suspended in Srinagar district as “precautionary measure” since the dawn, officials said. (GNS)