Kashmir : Hizbul ‘expels’ local commander Zeenat-ul-Islam for fleeing encounter site

The Hizbul Mujahideen has allegedly expelled its local commander Zeenat-ul-Islam in Shopian district.\
Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has expelled one its top commanders for choosing not to fight in Shopian encounter last week in which it suffered heavy loss.
Zeenat-ul-Islam, according to a poster released by the outfit, was sacked for escaping from the encounter site instead of choosing to fight. The outfit has also initiated a probe to ascertain reasons behind huge casualties suffered by it in the encounter.
Among them one was to expel Commander Zeenat-ul-Islam from Hizbul Mujahideen as he failed to fulfil the responsibility of a commander,” reads the poster, a copy of which lies with us.


According to the poster, Zeenat-ul-Islam escaped from the encounter site in Kachdoora, Shopian instead of fighting with his other colleagues.

The outfit’s announcement came through posters that were found posted on Wednesday at various places in Shopian. The move comes a few days after 13 militants were killed in two encounters with security forces — at Draggad and Kachdoora villages of the district on April 1. As per the posters, Zeenat-ul-Islam, had been expelled by a disciplinary committee of the Hizbul Mujahideen.
“Being a commander, he (Zeenat) was expected to stand by the innocent ‘mujahideen,’ who were killed in the Draggad encounter,” posters read. It is being speculated in security circles and being discussed in the public domains that Zeenat was among 11 militants who were initially trapped at Draggad. Sources said Zeenat fled the encounter site along with three others while seven militants were trapped and subsequently killed in a gunfight with the security forces.
“He should have stayed and encouraged the young ‘mujahideen’ to foil the designs of the enemy,” read the posters in Urdu and printed on a letterhead of the outfit. The posters also suggested that an inquiry committee had been set up to probe the incident. Shopian SP Sri Ram Dinkar said the veracity of the posters was being ascertained.
“Zeenat-ul-Islam could join Ansar Gazhwat-ul Hind, al Qaeda’s India branch,” he said.


On last Sunday, Indian Army killed 13 militants in Shopian and Anantnag districts. The major counter-terrorism offensive also claimed the lives of three army jawans and four civilians.



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