28 September, 2017
Najar had unleashed several attacks on civilians, police and the security forces. "He was a clever militant commander who could have played havoc", an official said.
Though for many years, Najar was a militant, he always aspired to become a top commander after killing and arrest of top Hizbul commanders, Najar was the senior most active commander and thus the de-facto operational chief of Hizb. He exfiltrated to Pakistan in 2015 and was returning to Kashmir to take command of Hizb, " he said.
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Defence Ministry sources said the Army also foiled an attack by the Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) in Kupwara in the afternoon.
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He said though he had developed differences with HM but he was actually a man of the outfit.
"His return was also necessitated because of the Hizb being wiped out from north Kashmir", the police added.
"He was now tasked with reviving the outfit in Kashmir in the wake of elimination of top militants", he said.
Najar, a resident of Sopore township, was "one of the most dreaded terrorists" in Kashmir in the recent times, he said. "Najar joined the militant ranks again after being released in 1995". The police had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information on him. In the first nine months of the year 2017, 152 terrorists, mostly top ranked have been killed in Kashmir Valley. "Considering that both of his top commanders in north Kashmir and south Kashmir were dead, Najar was sent to take command of Hizbul which has been nearly wiped off from north Kashmir with his (Najar's) killing", SSP Hussain said. However, he shot to prominence after carrying out a series of attacks against telecom operators in Sopore town, accusing them of spying on militants for security agencies and forcing them to shut down their operations. Unlike Wani, who has a presence on social media, Najar lived in a cloak of anonymity.