Srinagar, March 15: In a startling disclosure, a youth from Telangana, who was killed along with two Kashmiri militants in a gun battle with security forces in the Anantnag District of Kashmir, was allegedly working for international extremist group Islamic State.
26-year-old Mohammad Taufeeq was killed along with two Kashmiri youth in the gunfight on the intervening night of March 11 and 12 at Hakkora in Anantanag district.
He is said to be a native of Manuguru in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem district.
South India Media outlet The News Minute reported that a senior police official said he was radicalised into Islamic State (IS) ideology through social media and went to Kashmir to participate in terrorist activities of IS.
“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.
Reports state, 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.
Pertinently, 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 IS in Syria and Iraq or recruiting youth for the terror outfit.