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Abducted Hajin youth murdered; CM condemns; Omar targets separatists’ silence; Tarigami, Mir aghast

Srinagar, Apr 06: Entire Valley was today in yet another shock as Police recovered the headless body of a man, who was abducted by suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants from Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Wednesday night.

As the pictures of the brutally tortured and beheaded body went viral on social media, most of the people were seen in shock though only few would express it vocally.

However, whomever this newspaper spoke to made some reference to, either guardedly or vehemently, to the images he or she has already confronted of ISIS brutalities in Syria and other Muslim countries.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar, said, “The body of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, who was abducted by militants of LeT, was found on the periphery of Hajin in Bandipora this morning,”.

Zulfikar said the body of Manzoor, who was abducted on the intervening night of April 04 and 05, was left headless by militants.

“Terrorists have exhibited the highest level of bruteness as they have left the body of the innocent person headless,” he said.

“On the intervening night of April 04 and 05, at about 11:45 pm, LeT militants barged into the house of Abdul Gaffar Bhat at Hajin and started to beat the inmates,” a police spokesman said.

“The militants then kidnapped Bhat and his son Manzoor, but the father managed to escape from their clutches in an injured condition after he was fired upon,” spokesman said.

This is the second incident of kidnapping and killing in the area.

On Monday night, militants abducted and later killed Nasser Ahmad alias Muntazir.

“This is the second incident in last few days that militants have targeted innocent people. We have registered a case and investigations have been taken up,” the SSP said.

Yesterday, a police spokesman said the investigation has found that Mohammad Saleem Parrey of Hajin, who joined the ranks of LeT last summer, “is the mastermind behind the two abductions”.

“Evidences collected so far indicate that Saleem, along with his accomplices (Foreign militants), on 3 April went to the house of in-laws of Naseer, fired on the inmates injuring three of them, and abducted Naseer,” the spokesman said.

Naseer was found dead in the outskirts of Hajin, with three firearm injuries in his abdomen, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today condemned the beheading.

In a statement, the Chief Minister said “the inhuman way in which the youth was killed is against the social ethos and cultural value system of the people of the state.”

Mehbooba has conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today hit out at separatists for not criticising and condemning the killing of civilians by the militants.

Omar’s remark came after Manzoor Ahmad was abducted and killed by suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants.

He was abducted from his home at Hajin in Bandipora district on Wednesday night and his headless body was found today by police.

“Any shut down call or call for peaceful protests for Manzoor Ahmed whos decapitated body was found in North Kashmir after he d been abducted & killed by militants? No? I m not surprised (sic),” Omar said on Twitter.

“The unknown gunmen are conveniently termed to give cover to those who don t want to/cant criticise terrorist crimes (sic),” the opposition National Conference leader said in another tweet.

Terming the incident “inhuman”, he tweeted, “What happens to Kashmir Solidarity and wannabe Imran Khans when people like Manzoor are inhumanly butchered? It s so easy to flow with the tide, much tougher to swim against it.”

Strongly condemning the decapitation of body of Manzoor, , CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, termed it a brutality.

“There are no sufficient words to condemn such brutality. Brutality is brutality and whether it happens in any form, anywhere, by whosoever, must be condemned in strongest words,” Tarigami said.

J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) also condemned the brutal killing, describing it highly condemnable and shameful act. “Culprits must be identified for severe punishment,” JKPCC spokesperson said, adding the “brutality of this act is shocking and highly painful.”

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