16 March, 2018
State police came to know that Toufeeq was from Telangana only after the Anantnag district Senior Superintendent of Police wrote a letter to Director-General of Police M Mahender Reddy stating that an encounter took place on March 11 between security forces and the terrorists at Hakkora in Anantnag district.
The Telangana police has, while responding to the request from J&K police, confirmed the militant killed with two others Eisa Fazili and Syed Ovais Shafi - both local Kashmiris-at Hakura was a resident of that state's Bhadradri-Kothagundem district. According to reports, Toufeeq, alias Sultan Zabul Al Hindi alias Zarr Al Hindi, was associated with an outfit called "Ansar Ghazwatul Hind".
"He was radicalized into Islamic State ideology through social media and went to Kashmir to participate in "terrorist" activities of ISIS (sic)", reads the press release shared by Vaid on Twitter Wednesday night. Out of the three, two were identified as Eesa Fazli from Srinagar's Soura and Syed Owais from south Kashmir's Kokernag. The letter further stated that it had been circulated in social media that one terrorist among the three was from Hyderabad.
This is only the second time since 2008 that militants from another Indian state have been killed in Kashmir. Police sources said Taufeeq came to Kashmir a year ago and joined Qaeda's Kashmir unit in 2017. They belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit.
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The body of the militant, which was not claimed by anyone, was buried in a graveyard for foreign militants in the Gantmulla area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Tuesday night.
However, another militant outfit, the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TeM), identified the third militant as Sabzar Ahmad Sofi.
On checking, police in Hyderabad found Taufeeq's family had locked their residence in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, and had gone incommunicado a day after he was killed.