In 2008, two militants from Kerala were killed in a gunbattle in frontier district of Kupwara who were identified by their aliases Yasin and Fayaz. They belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit.
Srinagar: In recent history, it is for the first time that Police has taken this much of time to identify a slain militant. After claiming that three militants were killed in a brief encounter in Hakoora village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district during the intervening night of 11 and 12 March, Police is yet to identify one among the three.
The two among the three militants were readily identified as Mohammad Eesa Fazili of Soura, Srinagar and Syed Owais Shaif of Villoo, Kokernag. Both were locals.
“We have not identified the third one,” DIG south Kashmir Amit Kumar told Kashmir Narrator over the phone today.
When asked that there are rumours making rounds over the social media that the third militant is an Indian, he said that the no one has approached the Police in this regard.
“If the third one is from India, then somebody from his family might have approached us. No one approached us. There are so many Pakistanis here,” Kumar said.
There is a picture making rounds on social media which identifies a person as Abu Zarr Al-Hindi and claiming that he was killed in Sunday shootout. Abu Zarr might be his nom de guerre and Al-Hindi means Indian in Arabic. The text on the picture also says that Abu Zarr first joined Zakir Musa-led Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, the Kashmir chapter of Al-Qaeda in India.
There are reports that say that Abu Zarr is a south Indian from Telangana’s Hyderabad city.
Earlier, some officials said that the third militant has been identified as Sabzar Ahmad Sofi of Naina, Sangam, Anantnag, but the Police didn’t conform.
Many questions are being raised over the social media about the identity of the third militant. One social media user has raised this question:
“If it is confirmed that the third youth killed in Hakoora, Islamabad, is from India, how is it going to impact the tehreek (resistance movement) in Kashmir and the Muslims in India?”
But this will not be for the first time that some Indian has joined a militant outfit in Kashmir.
In 2008, two militants from Kerala were killed in a fierce gunbattle in frontier district of Kupwara who were identified by their aliases Yasin and Fayaz. They belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit.