Zakir Rashid Bhat, the successor of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani is said to be around 22 years, was a student of civil engineering in Chandigarh before he returned to his ancestral village Noorpura in Pulwama in 2013 and joined the Hizbul Mujahideen, the only surviving Kashmir-based militant group.
Zakir reportedly comes from an educated family and most of his siblings are reportedly either doctors or are pursuing MBBS. Kashmir has been witnessing turmoil for over four months since July 9, a day after Hizbul commander, Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with the security forces.
The new Hizbul Mujahideen commander and Burhan Wani’s successor Zakir Musa, has threaten the Jammu and Kashmir Police through videos on social media.
The video is of two minutes and eleven seconds, a voice that is believed to be Musa’s can be heard threatening police informants to leave Kashmir.
Young Kashmiri Militants are vocal on social media
First Video Threatens Police Informants
The voice goes on to say:
We recently showed you a demo of what we could do with 15 kg of RDX. We are telling you now to either surrender or to face the consequences. We are also issuing a final warning to all informers who are working for the police. We want to tell them that the ones they are working for have shared this list with us for the sake of money.
Second Video Threatens the J&K Police
The second video is 25 seconds long in which Musa threatens J&K police asking them not to harass the families of militants, otherwise they have to face dreadful consequences. The voice goes on saying:
You have committed a big mistake by involving our families in this war. This is between the JKP and the militants – but you have involved our families. This is our first and last warning. Do not harass our families, otherwise we will kill yours. Even if your families were in Kanya Kumari, we’d hunt them down and kill them.
The man who claims to be the new Burhan Wani says:
If you still don’t refrain from doing so, we will make sure that every street in the Valley is littered with the bodies of Jammu and Kashmir Police – right from the chaprasi to the Inspector General of Police. Even police security will not be able to protect them.
Now, J&K police have identified the house where Musa had recorded the threatening videos.
Police on Friday raided a house in a south Kashmir village where Burhan Wani’s successor and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir had allegedly recorded a video to threaten policemen and their informers.
The house in Batipora village of Tral — the hometown of Wani — was raided in a crackdown on over-ground networks of militants.
“During preliminary investigation it was established that Zakir alias Mosa used to record videos in one of the rooms of the house,” a police statement said.
“Some clothes and other material used by Zakir in different videos and photographs were also recovered.
A manhunt has been launched for the absconding house owner.
Zakir became the Hizbul commander after Wani was killed in a gunfight with security forces on July 8.