Shahid Manzoor from Jawbara area of Awantipora has reportedly joined Hizbul Mujahideen
Shahid Manzoor (deceased Rizwan Pandit's friend) from Jawbara area of Awantipora has reportedly joined Hizbul Mujahideen

SRINAGAR — A friend of Rizwan Pandit, youth who was killed in police custody, has joined Hizbul Mujahideen and has also released an audio clip which has gone viral on social media.

A youth identified as Shahid Manzoor son of Manzoor Ahmad resident of New colony in Jawbara area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district went missing on Monday, a day after Rizwan was picked up by government forces.

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In an audio clip which has gone viral, Shahid announced that he has joined Hizb and alleged that he was picked up with Rizwan last year and were subjected to physical and mental torture at the hands of the forces.

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“As I heard about the killing of my friend, I decided to join militant ranks as I was aware that today it is Rizwan and tomorrow it may be me,” he is heard saying in the audio.

According to reports, he said that today all are saying that they will fight for the justice of Rizwan and government is also claiming that they will investigate the matter but whoever believe that there will be investigation are daydreaming.

The probes and investigations are mere eyewash as no one got justice in Kashmir in last 30 years, he said.

“I was reluctant of the views of those who pick up guns but now I have realized that they are on the right track,” he is heard saying while adding that, “I ask my family to forgive me as I have taken this step without their permission but there was no second option available with me apart from joining the armed struggle.”

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An official confirmed that Shahid was missing since last few days and his report was filed on 18th of this month. “We are checking the authenticity of his photo and audio,” he added.

Pertinently, Rizwan Asad, resident of Awantipora, a private high school principal was killed in police custody on Tuesday morning.

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