Srinagar: A few days back video clips of an unidentified militant, wearing battle pouch with a grenade, were in circulation on social media. These video clips were clicked in Tral, Awantipora by the local media-persons during the funeral of militant commander Sabzar Bhat of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.
During investigation, this militant was identified as Danish Ahmed S/O Farooq Ahmed R/O Kulangam, Handwara. It further surfaced that Danish was studying in B.Sc (3rd year) at Doon P.G. College of Agriculture Science and Technology, Dehradun.
Danish was found involved in stone-pelting incidents at Handwara in 2016 turmoil also. He was picked up by the police but was let off after counselling in view of his career.
Once it was learnt that Danish has joined militancy, Handwara Police and 21 RR army got into touch with his parents and impressed upon them to counsel their son for surrender. His parents were convinced that if he surrenders, he would be dealt with fairly under law.
Efforts made by security forces yielded results and Danish surrendered before Handwara Police and 21 RR Army.
On being questioned, he revealed that he was in touch with militants of south Kashmir region on social media sites; and it was on their instigation that he had decided to become a militant.
He was tasked by Hizbul Mujahideen commanders to ‘activate’ some local youth in North Kashmir and make the region as militancy infested like the southern part of Kashmir. However, after spending a few days with the militants in south Kashmir, he realized the futility of joining militant ranks.
Case FIR number 133/2017 under section 7/25 Arms Act stands registered in Police Station Handwara. Investigation is on. Danish is being considered under the J&K Surrendered Militants Rehabilitation Policy. (KNS)