In a swift operation, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday said it killed two top commanders of The Resistance Front (TRF), who were allegedly responsible for several killings in the city and motivating the youth to join militant ranks, a senior police official said.
Abbas Sheikh, one of the longest surviving militants and chief of the TRF, and his deputy Saqib Manzoor, were killed in a brief shootout with police personnel at Aloochi Bagh in the city, the official said.
“We had information about their presence in the area. 10 jawans of police dressed in civvies quickly surrounded the area and challenged the militants, who opened firing. In the retaliatory firing, the duo were killed,” Inspector General of Police Kashmir zone Vijay Kumar told reporters.
He said the killing of Sheikh and Manzoor was a major success for the forces.
“At the behest of Abbas Sheikh, Saqib Manzoor had carried out several killings,” Kumar said.
“We appeal the people to prevent their children from joining militants. If they have already joined, please bring them back. We will welcome them,” he added.
Abbas Sheikh, who was earlier with Hizbul Mujahideen, had defected to TRF two years ago.
According to security officials, Sheikh was the mastermind behind most of the killings undertaken by his outfit in the past one year.
Manzoor, a post graduate student when he joined the TRF last year, quickly rose through the ranks as he was believed to have executed some of the killings in and around Srinagar at Sheikh’s behest.