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10 days on, no clue about abducted TA solider from Shopian

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Srinagar: Authorities continue to remain clueless about a Territorial Army soldier who was abducted from south Kashmir’s Shopian district some ten days back.

The Territorial Army solider — Shakir Manzoor, a resident of Shopian’s Reshipora village — was abducted by suspected militants on August 02 and his car was burnt down in Kulgam village. His clothes were found in Landoora area of Shopian on August 05.

Manzoor Ahmad, the father of Shakir, said that since August 02 we have searched some 40 kilometres in radius from the place where he was abducted, however, there are no traces of him.

“Every morning my relatives and locals search several kilometres inch by inch in order to find any clue about my son, but to no avail,” KNO quoted the soldier’s as saying.

Shakir’s family members have repeatedly appealed his abductors to let him go.

“I request to all, whosoever has abducted my son that they must at least give us information about his body and if he has been buried just show us the place,” the family members said.

Pertinently, a few days ago, an unverified audio message had surfaced in which the speaker claimed to be a militant and said that the abducted soldier was killed and buried at an undisclosed location “the way slain militants are buried at undisclosed locations”, local news agency KNO reported.

A joint team of security forces have also been conducting search operations at different places in the area in a bid to trace the abducted soldier. (KNO)

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