Top terrorist Riyaz Naikoo, carrying a reward of Rs 12 lakh on his head, trapped by security forces in J&K’s Awantipora.

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The security forces on Wednesday trapped a most wanted terrorist after an overnight operation in his native Beighpora village in Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir`s Pulwama district. The dreaded terrorist has been identified as Riyaz Naikoo - a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander. He carries a reward of  Rs 12 lakh on his head. If Naikoo is arrested or eliminated in the ensuing encounter, it will be a big blow to the local terror groups active in the area, especially Hizbul Mujahideen. 

He is said to have worked as a mathematics teacher at a local school before joining the terrorist ranks. He was known to have a passion for painting roses before he picked up the gun.
After the killings of Hizbul's poster boy Burhan Wani and another militant commander Saddam, Riyaz Naikoo rose to the top post.

“Naikoo is now considered to be the overall commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) for the entire Valley. In the last year, the security forces cornered him many times but each time he has managed to escape,” a central security force official

The Jammu and Kashmir Police earlier took to Twitter and said,



On Tuesday night, however, intelligence input was “very specific”. Multiple fields and railway tracks were dug up following inputs about possible tunnels or underground hideout. A search was called off at 1 am even as the cordon remained. At 9 am, the contact was established and a firefight ensued. He was killed in the encounter