Srinagar: United Jihad Council (UJC) chairman and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Chief Syed Sallahudin paid rich tributes to Amir Reshi, Ashiq Wani and Naveed whose bodies were found in an orchard yesterday. UJC Chief said that all three slain youth were part of Hizbul Mujahideen and had recently joined militant ranks. Syed Sallahudin blamed the trio were killed by Special Task Force and some agents of the puppet government of Kashmir.
while Intelligence Bureau(IB) officials who have identified the three bodies told Media that their deaths may have been caused due to an ongoing feud for supremacy between the Lashkar-e-Islam and the Hizbul Mujahideen. The three youth were killed by cadres of the Hizbul Mujahideen and dumped in an orchard and it was made to look like the deaths occurred due to police or military excess in the Valley, the IB officer also informed.
But Syed Sallahudin in his emailed statement reject the claim of IB and said there is no out fit in the name of lashkar-e- Islam (LeI) presence in Jammu and Kashmir. However Intelligence Bureau claimed that Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) is a brake away splinter group of Hizbul Mujahdeen headed by Abdul Qayoom Najar . The Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) mainly comprises former members of the Hizbul Mujahdeen and there is a war on for supremacy in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) has adapted a ISIS( Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) style of functioning in Indian Kashmir and has been responsible for issuing fatwa’s and promising the setting up of an Islamic Caliphate in Kashmir. The recent attacks on the telecom sector in Sopore were blamed in the Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI). according to Media reports in certain parts of Kashmir, the style of the Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) had impressed a large number of persons and several cadres of the Hizbul Mujahdeen even shifted their loyalties to (LeI).
But at the same time report published in The Hindu showed how Hizbul Mujahdeen is leading in militants ranks in Jammu and Kashmir. according to the report a new trend in the Valley of local youth getting attracted to indigenous militant movements, the Hizbul Mujahideen has replaced Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and all others pakistan and kasmir based groups in Jammu and Kashmir.
As per a report in The Hindu, about 200 militants are currently operating in the state. Of them, 80 owe allegiance to the Hizbul Mujahideen. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has 60 operatives in the state, the majority of them being Pakistani nationals. Al Badar, Harkat ul Mujahdeen (HuM) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) are now down to less than dozen of active members.