The Ministry of Home Affairs, under its new minister Amit Shah, has prepared a hit list of top 10 militants in the Valley, which includes names of wanted terrorists such as Hizbul Mujahideen chief Riyaz Naikoo, Lashkar-e-Taiba district commander Wasim Ahmed alias Osama and Hizbul’s Ashraf Maulvi.
The list, which has been prepared with inputs from forces, features terrorists working in different districts of Kashmir and includes the names of several wanted terrorists of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Al Badar.
Other names on the list include Mehrazuddin, District Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Baramulla; Dr Saifullah alias Saifullah Mir alias Dr Saif who is actively trying to increase the cadre of Hizbul Mujahideen in Srinagar; Arshad ul Haq, district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Pulwama; Hafiz Omar, operational commander of JeM; Zaheed Sheikh alias Omar Afghani, belongs to Jaish-e-Mohammed; Javed Matoo alias Faisal alias Shakib alias Musab, who belongs to Al-Badar and Ezaz Ahmad Malik, who was recently appointed as district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kupwara.
The ministry also said 102 militants have been killed this year in the Valley and around 286 are still believed to be active.
In a tweet in Hindi, soon after taking charge, Shah said, “Country’s security and people’s welfare are Modi government’s priorities. Under the leadership of Modi ji, I will try my best to fulfil these priorities.” He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for showing faith in him by giving him the Home Ministry.
At his meeting with senior officials, Shah discussed issues concerning the ministry and was given a detailed presentation. The newly appointed Ministers of State for Home G K Reddy and Nityanand Rai, who also took charge on Saturday, were part of the hour-long meeting.
Soon after assuming charge, Shah had met Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik who briefed him about the security situation in the state, which is currently under the President’s rule.
During the 15-minute meeting, the Governor apprised the home minister about the preparation for the Amarnath Yatra. The 46-day-long yatra will begin on July 1, the day of Masik Shivratri, and would conclude on August 15, the day of Shravan Purnima.
Discussions were also held between the two on the law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley and the border areas besides various development issues. “I have discussed security matters and development issues with the Home Minister,” Malik told reporters after the meeting.
The Governor, however, said that the issue related to holding assembly elections in the state was not discussed as the matter was under the purview of the Election Commission of India. Jammu and Kashmir is under the central rule since June 2018 and the assembly election is expected to be held later this year.
ources said Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and joint secretaries of all the 19 divisions in the ministry had prepared presentations on the functions, achievements and challenges concerning their divisions. “Today’s presentations were more of a familiarisation exercise. The Home Minister has asked all the joint secretaries to make detailed presentations and he will go through them one by one beginning Monday,” a Home Ministry official said.
Shah arrived at the ministry around 12.15 pm, and was received by Gauba and Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain. The BJP’s national media managers Anil Baluni and Sanjay Mayukh reached before Shah, who continues to be the party president, in order to congratulate him.
Following his meeting with Shah, when Rai was asked what would be the biggest challenge for the new team at the ministry, he said, “Amit Shah is that name before which no challenge can survive.”
The NRC was one of the key issues in the BJP manifesto, and Shah had made a case for it in his speeches during the Lok Sabha campaign, terming illegal immigrants as “termites”
Apart from governors of Kerala and Maharashtra, others who met Shah included Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat and BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao.
Governor Malik said the issue of Assembly elections in J&K did not figure in his talks with Shah as this was under the purview of the Election Commission.