Shopian: In an apparent revenge killing by militants, the body of a man who was seen accompanying army men at Gattipora village, where three Hizb militants were recently killed, was found with its throat slit in Wathoo village of Shopian on Wednesday morning. The district’s top police officer, however, said that the deceased, Aijaz Ahmad Lone of Gattipora village, was an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of Hizb and the Hizb militants who were killed in Gattipora were hiding in his house.
According to local sources, Aijaz had been seen in a video accompanying army on the day of the encounter at Gattipora.
A handwritten note was found upon the body. It read, “Revenge for the killing of three militants (their names mentioned) who were killed in the Gattipora encounter.” The note further read, “It is the start of revenge and we are warning everyone. We have names of all people who are informing police and army and we are giving them last chance to refrain from their mistakes or be ready for death.”
This reporter was not able to ascertain the authenticity of the note.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, SA Dinkar, told Kashmir Reader that Aijaz was a resident of Gattipora and an Over Ground Worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen. “During the Gattipora encounter, the militants were hiding in his house. Militants from Hizb outfit also killed him,” he said.
Asked about the video in which Aijaz was seen with army men, the SSP said, “I have not seen that video.”