Burhan group’s last surviving militant

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 5/11/2018 12:18:50 AM

9 militants lost in 3 years, one facing imprisonment

SRINAGAR, May 10: In 2015 a picture of the Burhan group comprising of eleven militants had gone viral on social media. All the militants in the picture hailing from Shopian and Pulwama districts had posed with A K 47 rifles.
The first such picture uploaded by the group led by Burhan Wani was aimed to announce the new age militancy in Kashmir and attract more and more youth towards armed fight against Indian rule.
The picture that was widely shared by the social media users had sent the security agencies into a tizzy. As the picture became a motivating force for more and more youth to join the militant ranks, security agencies intensified their operation to bust the group and in three years the security forces succeeded in killing most of the members of the group.
Atleast nine members of the group have been killed in separate encounters in the last three years while another one was arrested two years ago and is currently facing imprisonment. After the killing of top Hizb commander, Saddam Paddar, earlier this week in Shopian village along with four other associates, Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Lateef Tiger who had been named Anees in the group photo remains the only surviving militant in the group.
Most of the national news channels and dailies after the death of Saddam Paddar reported that the entire Burhan group has been busted.
However, official sources say that Lateef Tiger who features in the group picture continues to be alive. "Yes one of the militants from the group is still alive but with the killing of nine members and arrest of one we can say the group almost stands wiped out," a police official said.
A native of Dogripora Pulwama, Lateef, joined militant ranks in 2014 and with the killing of his colleagues has risen from the ranks. He is considered to be a close confidainte of Hizb operational chief Riyaz Naikoo.
The nine militants of the group who were slain during last three years included Burhan Wani , Afaqullah Bhat, Waseem Shah, Waseem Malla, Ashfaq Hamid, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat , Adil Khanday, Tariq Pandit and Naseer Pandit.



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