Continuing the war against terrorism in Kashmir, the security forces got a big success in the early hours of Wednesday when they killed top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Mehrajuddin Halwai alias Ubaid in the Handwara encounter. Although the security forces gave him a chance to surrender several times before he was killed, but every time he responded to the appeal of the security forces with firing, he was killed.
Confirming the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen's top commander Mehrajuddin Halwai, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that it is a big success for the security forces. Mehrajuddin was a very old top terrorist. He has been involved in many terrorist attacks in the Valley so far. He said that only on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday, the police and security forces got information about the hiding of terrorists in the Pazipora-Rinan locality of Karalgund area of Handwara.
On the basis of the information, the SOG personnel of the police started cordoning off the area along with contingents of the Army and CRPF. This morning when the security forces started encircling the place where the terrorists were hiding, the terrorists started firing. The security forces also retaliated to the firing of the terrorists by taking their positions immediately.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the security forces once again gave the terrorists the last chance to surrender their arms to the army. This time also they did not agree. After this, the security forces opened fire on the hiding terrorists, in which the top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Mehrajuddin Halwai was killed. IGP Police Vijay Kumar said that Mehrajuddin is a very old terrorist in the valley. The police had been looking for him for many years. He has been wanted in many terrorist attacks. His killing is a big success for the security forces and a big loss for the Hizbul Mujahideen organization. He also congratulated the police, army and CRPF jawans for this.
At present, the operation of security forces in Handwara is still going on. The search operation is going on in view of the possibility of the presence of more terrorists in the area. Other details are awaited.
Among the most wanted terrorists, Mehrajuddin was a double-A category terrorist: Hizbul commander Mehrajuddin, a resident of Baramulla district of North Kashmir, was at number four in the list of ten terrorists included in the most wanted list of security forces. The security forces did not consider the 12th pass Mehrajuddin Halwai less than Burhan Wani. IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar says that just as he was involved in the killings of many civilians and security forces in South Kashmir, Mehrajuddin was also involved in the killings of many civilians and security forces in North Kashmir. Mehrajuddin Halwai, a resident of Khushalmattu village in Sopore, was placed in the double-A category by the security forces in the most wanted list. By the end of 2015, Mehrajuddin, 36, was fully active in North Kashmir. When the security forces intensified the process of his arrest, he was hiding in Pakistan for a few years. Only after his return, in the year 2019, the security forces included him in their most wanted list.