Eliminate militancy from Kashmir : Mohd Hanif Martyr Aurangzeb Father to Central & State Govt

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A video of Army rifleman Aurangzeb surfaced on the internet on Friday, in which the trooper — whose bullet-riddled body was found in Kashmir on Thursday — is seen being interrogated by suspected militants about the encounters he had participated in, officials said.

The video is believed to be taken moments before the army jawan was killed by militants. In the 1.5-minute-long video possibly shot in a forest area, the soldier clad in blue jeans and T-shirt is being asked by suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants about his duties, postings and encounters in which he had participated, officials said on Friday.

Aurangzeb’s body was brought to his native village in Poonch on Saturday. Thousand of mourners gathered to pay thier respects

“My son has abided by his pledge, he has kept his promise. He sacrificed himself for the nation and came back to me. I request the central and state govts to eliminate militancy,” news agency ANI quoted the rifleman’s father Mohammed Hanif as saying.

The rifleman, who was ‘buddy’ of a company commander, was abducted by militants at Kalampora in Pulwama on Thursday morning when he was on his way home in Rajouri district for Eid celebrations.

His body was found by a team of police and Army at Gussu village, about 10km away from Kalampora, in Pulwama district. He was shot in his head and neck, police said.

Aurangzeb belonged to 4 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry and was posted at the 44 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Shadimarg in Shopian, they said.

At about 9 am, army men from the unit stopped a car asking the driver to drop Aurangzeb in Shopian, officials said, recounting what had happened. Militants stopped the vehicle as it approached Kalampora and abducted the jawan.

Reacting to the development, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Another piece of terrible news to add to an already horrible day. May Aurangzeb rest in peace. Allah Jannat naseeb karay(sic).”

Later in the day, veteran journalist and ‘Rising Kashmir’ editor Shujaat Bukhari and his two personal security officers (PSOs) were shot dead by terrorists outside the newspaper’s office in the heart of Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital.