Riyaz Naikoo was one of the most notorious terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir in recent times. He was the Chief Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir Valley. He was assigned this post after the assassination of Burhan Wani. 


Riyaz Naikoo was born in a middle-class family in the Beighpora village of Awantipora. He was also killed in the same village, two days after Colonel Ashutosh Sharma was killed in action.

The parents of Riaz were managing their farms and also running a tailoring shop. They had given proper upbringing to Riyaz. After completing graduation, he had started private tuition for Maths. Unfortunately, he was arrested in 2010 along with many youngsters when they were protesting against an encounter. He was released in 2012 as a completely different man. Since then, there was no return for him.

Personal Profile

Date of Birth:

Age: 35 Years

Father: Asadullah Naikoo

Mother: Zeba

Birth Place: Beighpora Village, Pulwama

Religion: Islam

Education :

Educational Qualification: B.Sc.

Family and Relationship: Single

Siblings: One brother and two sisters

Lesser Known Facts:

  • Riyaz was killed in his own village on 6th May.
  • He had saved Hizbul Mujaheddin from breaking up in pieces after the defection of Zakir Musa.
  • Riyaz was carrying a reward of Rs. 12 lakhs on his head.