Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorist with a ₹10 Lakh Bounty,Arrested in Delhi: Unveiling Javed Mattoo
The Delhi Police Special Cell apprehended Javed Mattoo, a wanted terrorist linked to Hizbul Mujahideen, in the national capital on Thursday. Mattoo was captured following a search operation initiated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), as stated by the police.
They reported seizing a pistol, magazine, and a stolen vehicle from Mattoo. Special Commissioner of Delhi Police HGS Dhaliwal mentioned that the arrest, coordinated with the Special Cell of Delhi Police and central agencies, involved an A++ category terrorist with a ₹10 lakh bounty. Dhaliwal added that further action would be taken after Mattoo is taken into police custody.
Mattoo, residing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore district, was implicated in five grenade attacks and the killing of five police personnel. The police identified him as one of the last surviving A++ designated terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir. In August of the previous year, a video of Mattoo’s brother Rayees hoisting the national flag in Sopore gained traction on social media. Rayees, in the media, expressed his patriotic sentiments while urging his brother, who turned into a terrorist in 2009, to come back in light of the changed situation where Pakistan’s influence is limited.
Javed Ahmed Mattoo, a wanted terrorist associated with Hizbul Mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir, was apprehended in Delhi by the special cell of Delhi Police on Friday. Mattoo, a resident of Khushal area in Sopore, had a reward of ₹10 lakh on his head and had reportedly visited Pakistan multiple times. He was actively involved in terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir since 2010 and operated under the aliases ‘Munsaib’ and ‘Faisal’ as an A++ category commander of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Mattoo was among the top 10 targets for security agencies and was accused of conducting multiple terrorist.
Javed Ahmed Mattoo’s arrest in Delhi marked a significant development in the efforts to curb terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The special cell of the Delhi Police, in its operation, not only apprehended a wanted Hizbul Mujahideen operative but also recovered an arsenal consisting of a pistol, magazine, and a stolen car.
Mattoo, who hails from the Khushal area of Sopore, had long been on the radar of security agencies, holding a substantial ₹10 lakh reward on his head. His frequent visits to Pakistan added an international dimension to his activities, amplifying concerns about cross-border terrorism.
Special CP HS Dhaliwal provided insights into Mattoo’s movements, citing his last known location at Delhi’s Nizamuddin-DND area. The arrest showcased the effectiveness of coordinated efforts between the Special Cell of Delhi Police and central agencies.
Mattoo’s history as an A++ category commander for Hizbul Mujahideen, operating under the aliases ‘Munsaib’ and ‘Faisal,’ painted a picture of a highly sought-after and dangerous individual. His inclusion in the list of top 10 most wanted terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 underscored the severity of the threat he posed.
The video featuring Mattoo’s brother, Rayees Mattoo, waving the tricolour in Sopore just before Independence Day last year added a poignant touch to the narrative. Rayees, running a grocery shop, took the opportunity to express his pride in being an Indian, while simultaneously urging his brother to abandon the path of violence.
As the security forces continue their efforts to dismantle terror networks, Mattoo’s capture stands as a testament to the ongoing commitment to maintaining peace and security in the region. The recovery of weapons and the arrest of a high-profile terrorist underscore the challenges faced and overcome in the perpetual struggle against terrorism.
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