No authoritative info on presence of ISIS in J&K: MHA

No authoritative info on presence of ISIS in J&K: MHA

New Delhi, Nov 20: The government Monday sought to downplay Islamic State’s presence in Jammu and Kashmir, but acknowledged the resurgence of a radical group in the Valley.
There is no authoritative information about the presence of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior home ministry official said.
The comment came in the wake of claims that the organization was involved in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar wherein a militant, identified as Mugees, was killed and a sub-inspector, Imran Tak, lost his life.
‘Amaq’, which is the official news agency of ISIS, had claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Pictures of Mugees with the ISIS flag in the background surfaced on social media. Even his body was wrapped in the flag of the banned group during funeral.
However, the official said it has come to light that Mugees belonged to a militant group called Tehreek-ul- Mujahideen and was its Pulwama district commander.
The Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen was among the first few militant groups that emerged at the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, the official said.
It follows the ideology of Salafism. However, the police have found no logistical connection between the two, another official said.
The cadre strength of the group is very small and it has been facing an extreme shortage of weapons.
Officials said the Tehreek-Ul-Mujahideen was founded much before the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen came into existence.
After the killing of Mujees, Adil Ahmed has been appointed the group’s commander in Pulwama district.