Body of Hizb Militant Found in Tangmarg Paddy Fields

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Baramulla: Days after the bodies of three Hizbul Mujahedin militants were recovered from an orchard in North Kashmir, residents on Saturday recovered body of one more Hizb militant from Devbugh area of Tangmarg in Baramulla district.

Eyewitnesses said that the body was found by locals in paddy fields in Devbugh village of Kunzar Tehsil near tourist resort of Tangmarg. The slain youth, identified as Fayaz Ahmed Bhat, was in military uniform when discovered by the residents. The body was brought by people to Kunzar market and placed in the middle of the road. Surcharged protesters raised pro-freedom slogans and staged a massive demonstration, resulting in a shutdown and disruption of vehicular movement.

Reports said that people were unwilling to handover the body to the police who had rushed to the spot. Police resorted to tear gas shelling to take possession of the body. The body was later shifted to District hospital Baramulla for postmortem.

Reports said that as the news about the killing of Hizb militant spread, large number of people from Pattan and Palhalan areas took to the streets and organized pro-freedom protests. 

The protesters clashed with police and attacked the deployment with stones, prompting police to burst tear gas shells.

A police official identified the slain youth as Hizbul Mujahideen militant Fayaz Ahmad, a resident of Wayil in Pattan. He said that slain militant was active in North Kashmir from past six years.

CNS quoting an unnamed top police official saying on condition of anonymity that the slain militant was affiliated with the Hizb who has been gunned down by Hizb’s rival group Lashkar-e-Islam. “It was tit for tat action. Hizb killed three LeI militants in Pattan and today LeI gunned down Hizb top militant,” he said.

Pertinently, a few days ago three bullet riddled bodies of Amir Reshi, Ashiq Hussain and Naveed Ahmed, who were later on owned by militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen were found in an orchard in Dangarpora Pattan area. Kashmir remained shut for a complete day on last Wednesday against their brutal killing while Hizb supremo, Syed Sallahuddin had blamed “Indian agencies” for their “custodial murder”. 

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