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Father of Hizb commander, several others detained during night raids in Pulwama

Srinagar, Aug 30:Father of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Riyaz Naiko among eight persons were held in separate raids of south Kashmir’s Awantipora and Muran areas, sources said on Thursday.

Riyaz, alias Mohammad Bin Qasim is the chief operations of Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit.

Sources said that police raided the house of AssadullahNaiko (71) at Beighpora Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and arrested him during last night.

SP Awantipora, Zahid Malik also confirmed the arrest of Assadullah and said that he has been detained for questioning,” SP Zahid said.

Police, as per reports, also allegedly arrested two brothers and father of an active militant Lateef Ahmed (Tiger) during a nocturnal raid in Pulwama.

According to reports, Lateef’s father Ghulam Hassan and his two brothers Zubair and Nadeem Ahmad were arrested from their residence in Dogripora Pulwama, during a night raid.

In another separate raid, SOG Pulwama detained seven persons from village Muran.

The detained persons have been identified as Mohd Isahaq Wani (17) son of Mohd Yousuf, 11th class, Irfan Wani (24) son of Abdul Rashid (bread maker), Amir Ahanger (19) son of Abdul Hamid (painter), Mohd Ashraf Mir (32) son of Bashir Ahmad Mir (carpenter), Suhail Tramboo (18) son of Mohd Ahsan, Sameer Sheikh (18) son of Abdul Lateef  and TauseefShiekh (18) son of Abdul Salam (painter), all persons are the residents of Muran village.