Hyderabad: A youth from Telangana, who was killed along with two Kashmiri militants in a gun battle with Indian security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district was allegedly working for Daesh (ISIS), the Telangana police said.
26-year-old Mohammad Taufeeq was killed along with two Kashmiri militants in the gunfight on the intervening night of March 11 and 12 at Hakkora village in Anantnag district. He was said to be a native of Manuguru in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem district.
A senior police official said he was radicalised through social media and went to Kashmir to participate in militant activities.
“He was not wanted into any of the criminal cases in Telangana state. Further details are being verified,” the official added.
The police statement came amid the claims by the IS and Ansar-ul-Gazwat-ul-Hind, an Al Qaeda franchise in Kashmir, that the third militant, who was killed along with two local militants was a resident of Hyderabad in Telangana.
According to reports, this could be the first time that a militant from outside the state died fighting in Kashmir.
The security agencies have voiced their concern that this could influence more Indian youth to turn to Kashmir for militancy.
About a dozen youth from Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana were arrested by police over the last couple of years on charges of allegedly planning to join Daesh in Syria and Iraq or recruiting youth for the militant outfit.