In a renewed effort to track down militants in Tral area of south Kashmir which is considered a 'dry area' regarding intelligence gathering, police and army on Wednesday announced cash reward for information leading to the capture of the wanted gunmen.
Reports said that posters having pictures of several militants were pasted by security forces in Batagund, Amirabad, Kuchmullah, Siamoh, Syedabad, Aripal and Bajwani-outskirts of Tral town.
The posters read: "Those who help police or security forces in their arrest will be rewarded and the name of the informer will be kept secret."
A top police official told Greater Kashmir that the posters were pasted in those areas where movement of militants was reported by their informers.
The posters have the pictures of Sabzar Ahmed Bhat and Shakir Ahmed
Dar from Rathsuna, Aqib Ahmed Bhat of Hyena, Zakir Rashid Bhat of
Noorpura, Ishfaq Ahmed Parray and Asif Ahmed Mir from Dadsara.
Police officials said that Sabzar Ahmed Bhat and Shakir Ahmed Bhat joined militants in April this year, a day after Khalid, brother of Hizb Commander Burhan Wani, was killed by forces in Kamla forests of Tral.
Zakir Bhat was pursuing B Tech civil engineering from a Chandigarh college and comes from a well-off family of Noorpora. On July 17, 2013, he joined militants and left a letter for his father informing him about his decision of joining militants. His brother is a doctor and sister a Relationship Executive in J&K Bank.
Ishfaq Ahmed Parray is one of the young militants who joined Hizb this year. He is called Newton- having scored 98.4 per cent in class 10. This 19-year old was preparing to become a doctor but left home to join militants.
Asif Ahmed Mir had completed his BA and was working as electrician when he joined militants in 2013. His father was killed in crossfire between security forces and militants in 90s.
The posters do not contain the photograph of Burhan Wani, who already carries a reward of Rs 10 lakhs and is credited with recruiting more than 100 militants in south Kashmir. Burhan belongs to a wealthy and educated family of Tral. He is dubbed as the face of new age militancy in Kashmir. His father is a school Principal and his mother, who has a post-graduation in Science, teaches Quran to local girls and women at her home.
A day before, a ruling Peoples Democratic Party leader called Burhan a 'role model' for the new generation in Kashmir.