By Aasif Sultan
Srinagar: A viral video showing an alleged Army informer interrogated by Hizbul Mujahideen rebel Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger, who was killed today at Drabgam village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district along with another rebel Aqib Khan, had sent a message for his chaser through the ‘informer’: “Tell Shukla, let’s fight it out!”
An Army Major of 44 RR (21 Rajput), Rohit Shukla had made good spy network to chase and hunt down Sameer Tiger. Earlier, Tiger had managed to break many cordons during encounters in south Kashmir.
Shukla was injured during the gunfight and was airlifted to 92 base military hospital Badami Bagh where his condition is believed to be critical. He has a gunshot wound on his right arm.
In the video, that went viral today morning, Tiger, 20, asks the ‘Army informer’ to divulge the names of those who spy on him on Shukla’s directions.
The ‘Army informer’ names four people who were allegedly spying on Tiger for Shukla.
Tiger, who disappeared in April 2016 to join militant ranks, was a flamboyant youth involved in stone-pelting with government forces and was regularly arrested by the police.
“The last time he was arrested was on 3 April 2016 by the Indian Army at his home and transferred to police custody (Rajpora Police Station in Pulwama), then again handed over to Kakapora Police Station in Pulwama. He went underground for a brief period and his detentions were carried out without any procedure,” a report published by Firstpost said.
According to police, Sameer was earlier recruited as an OGW by HM.
Sameer’s mother Gulshan Banoo had said that since Tiger “has taken Allah’s path”, his decision is a “rightful one”.