India shutdown private internet and cell phone services in Kashmir on Wednesday after killing the ‘most wanted’ Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational commander, Riyaz Naikoo in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The internet was suspended along with strict curfew minutes after killing the top rebel leader in fear of Anti-India protest. At least fourteen civilians were injured in the clashes with the government forces near the gunfight site in Beighpora village, Naikoo’s home village.
Naikoo, a former math teacher, was the longest surviving militant active since 2012. He was categorized A+++ rank militant and carried a cash reward of Rs 12 lakh on his head.
In 2018, Naikoo became famous for the Abduction of family members of policemen pressuring the release of his father from their custody. Jammu and Kashmir police, in their statement, said his death as a major victory.
Kashmiris claims that Internet cut amidst the Corona crisis could put the valley in high risk. Above 750 Corona cases have been reported in Kashmir with eight death.
Earlier this week militants killed eight security personnel including an Army Colonel, Major and an SHO in two separate encounters in north Kashmir.
2G internet was allowed in J&K last month after a 7-month communications blackout by the Indian government, following the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year.