Burhan Wani’s successor Zakir Rashid Bhat, popularly known as Zakir Musa was recently killed in an encounter. Joint forces, who were working on special intelligence, trapped him in the Tral region of South Kashmir. A gunfight broke between the forces and the militants at Dadsara village. Security forces blasted a chemist’s house where Musa was hiding. The forces sent the owner of the house for negotiation asking Musa to surrender, but he declined. The forces tried to persuade him to surrender however he fired UBGL grenades which led to the encounter.
Internet and mobile services have been snapped across the valley and schools have been asked to shut down temporarily as per directions from the government directions so as prevent any law and order crisis situation. A curfew was imposed in various parts of Kashmir after Zakir Musa was killed.
Zakir Musa was a former commandant of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group which he had joined back in 2013 while pursuing Engineering from one of the colleges in Punjab. He was the successor to Burhan Wani who was killed in 2017. Later, Zakir Musa went on to create his own militant group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, which had links with Al-Qaida and he was an A++ terrorist. He was known for using propaganda to bring an Islamic caliphate movement in Kashmir and rest of the nation.
He came to limelight after the death of Burhan Wani. He had even threatened Hurriyat leaders to hang them in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk. Several protests broke in areas of Awantipora, Pulwama, Shopian and downtown Srinagar where people were raising slogans in favour of Zakir Musa.
The Jammu and Kashmir police announced restrictions in some areas as a precautionary measure. The officials said that the decision was made taking into consideration the Friday prayer gatherings.
Zakir Musa, Kashmir’s most wanted terrorist killed in an encounter
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