Pulwama/Kulgam: Two of the three militants killed in Tral gunfight on Thursday evening had joined militant outfit Hizbul Mujhideen only 11 days back. They were living a normal life till they left their homes, according to their family.
One of the slain militant, Shiraz Ahmed Ganaie son of Muhammad Sultan Ganaie of Panjran Pulwama was studying journalism in Islamic University of Science & Technology (IUST) Awantipora and had recently qualified NET. My son Shiraz was M.A in Economics and was presently in fourth semester of journalism course. He recently had rejected a government job, his father Muhammad Sultan said adding that Shiraz was living a normal life before joining militancy on November 11 this month.
We are well off and deal in fruit industry. I fail to understand what prompted my son to join militant ranks when I was providing him every comfort of life. I am not exaggerating and in fact, we are billionaires, he said.
He however said that before joining militancy, Shiraz was picked up by SOG personnel for a day, but was released after few hours of questioning.
Shiraz was buried in his native grave yard at Panjran in presence of thousands of people who bid him adieu with tearful eyes. His funeral prayers were offered by Jamat-i-Islami leader Advocate Zahid Ali.
Another slain militant who hails from Chenigam Kulgam also had joined Hizb only last Friday. My brother Asif Ahmed Bhat left home soon after Chenigam encounter last Friday which claimed the lives of two militants.
In that encounter his friend Manzoor Ahmed Malik was killed and soon after this episode he, without informing anybody, left home, Abdul Rashid Bhat, the brother of slain militant said adding that they were not in touch with Asif.
My brother was submissive and was working at a shop in Sangam. He was not well qualified but was religious minded, he said. (CNS)
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