Anantnag, April 9, : The killing of a local soldier in Southern district of Anantnag is not the solitary incident in Kashmir Valley. Scores of incidents have been reported so for where the victims and assailants were local Kashmiris.
Pertinently, a Territorial Army man, who was on leave was shot dead by unidentified gunmen today in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The deceased was identified as Muhammed Saleem Akhoon, son of Ghulam Hassan Akhoon of Jablipora Bijbehara.
Last year in August, Shakir Manzoor, a Territorial Army man from 162 Battalion, hailing from Reshipora village of Shopian was abducted on the evening of August 2. He was on way to his home when his car was intercepted by gunmen at Rabhama Nohama in the DH Pora area of Kulgam district. His burnt car was later found at the spot.
Suspected militants later in a purported audio message claimed the responsibility of his abduction and murder, though the family members of the said soldiers are still staging protest, demanding his body.
In June 2019, a local army soldier, Manzoor Ahmad Beigh was shot dead by the militants at his residence in Sadoora, Anantnag. This local TA soldier was also on leave. He was posted with army’s 34-Rashtriya Rifles battalion and had gone home to celebrate Eid with his family when the incident occurred.
In May 2017, Lieutenant Umar Fayaz, a 22-year-old army officer from Shopian district, who was on leave, was abducted by militants from his relative’s house. His bullet-ridden body was found in Herman area of Shopian next morning.
Similarly, another soldier Aurangzeb was killed by militants when he was going back to his home from Shopian to celebrate Eid with his family.
Territorial Army in Valley, mostly comprise of local Kashmiri soldiers.
An official on condition of anonymity told that it is really very unfortunate that locals have been pitted against locals. “Leave aside local policemen and soldiers, even political leaders especially those who are were affiliated with BJP have become the victims in Kashmir Valley. Violence can’t solve a problem,” he said.