Suspected militants abducted another civilian in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Monday evening, making the youth the ninth person to be abducted from the district since Thursday evening.
The man, said to be in his early twenties, was identified as Parvaiz Ahmad Wani, a resident of Batamuran village. The police had no information about his whereabouts and were still collating information when this report was filed late evening. Two of the eight people abducted earlier were killed.
Parvaiz’s abduction comes on a day a video was released online, reportedly by militants, that shows a teen who was abducted and killed on Saturday, purportedly “admitting” that he was an “informer” for security forces in the Valley.
The body of Huzaif Ashraf, with his throat slit, was found in Hermain village of Shopian on Saturday. A resident of Manzgam in Kulgam district, Huzaif was a baker and ran a shop in Saidpora Payeen of Shopian. He was abducted along with two others from Saidpora Payeen. The two others were released.
“They (security forces) came to my shop and I was asked to become an informer and (was told) I will be paid for that. But I said that I don’t want to be an informer,” he purportedly said in the video, which was circulated on social media on Monday.
In the video clip, Huzaif is shown as saying that the security personnel took his number and called him at night.
“They…said you have to become an informer. (They said) if you give us Shahjahan and Waseem (two militants), they we will pay me Rs 10,000. I said I don’t need the money, but I was forced to become an informer,” he reportedly said. “I said I will pass on information about movement of any other militant, to which they said, it is fine.”
Huzaif also purportedly said that when he saw militants, he passed on the information, and “they (forces) put a cordon in the village”.
On Sunday, Huzaif’s father had said that the militant group should inform the family why Huzaif was killed.
According to the video, Huzaif reportedly said, “I am poor and I had started doing this (being an informer) because they assured to pay me Rs 10,000 in return. I thought after receiving Rs 10,000, I will clear some of my debts.” Huzaif purportedly assured the militants that he will not “commit the same mistake again”, the video shows.
On Monday, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, S P Pani said the police are identifying those responsible for uploading these videos on social media. He told the media, “These are terror crimes…(carrying out) propaganda on social media is also a crime. We have said a case has been registered —- there are some handles from where such content is being propagated. I am sure we will be able to nail them with the help of service providers.”