Srinagar: Abdul Majid Wani, father of slain JKLF chief commander Ashfaq Majid Wani, says he has been receiving threats from “unknown people” who even “tried to run over me with a car,” after his recent interview in which he claimed that Sheikh Abdul Hamid, another pioneer of the armed militancy in Kashmir, did not die of drowning but was poisoned by the Indian Army under a “sinister plan”.
“After my disclosure, I am experiencing unusual things happening around me. Some unknown people either come to my shop as customers or follow me up to my home to give me threats,” Wani told Kashmir Reader.
Hamid, as per official version, was killed along with half a dozen associates after their boat capsized when an Army patrol party fired towards them while they were crossing the Jhelum at Aali Kadal quarters of downtown Srinagar in November 1992.
On Hamid’s 22nd death anniversary in November 2013, Wani told a news portal that the former, who was a close friend of his son, hadn’t died of drowning. He also claimed that Army had pulled Hamid alive out of the boat and took him to interrogation centre where he was tortured and asked to work for Indian agencies.
“He was given a lethal injection after he refused to be part of a sinister plan hatched by the Indian Military Intelligence,” Wani had said in the interview.
He had said he still remembers Hamid’s body had not swollen; his hands, forehead, nose and lips were white. “Apparently after being poisoned, his body had been kept in a freezer to make us believe that he had drowned. On Hamid’s right leg, below the knee, there was a needle mark.”
Soon after the interview, Wani said he noticed two persons moving around his house at Nowgam bypass in a white Ambassador car. “I became conscious of their presence and monitored their activities closely. They would come out of the car, park it a particular spot and pretend as if they were fixing it,” he said.
But some days later when he reached near the spot, Wani said, the same Ambassador car came rushing from a wrong direction towards him and tried to hit him.
“I fell down and had a narrow escape. I received injuries on my arm. The driver of the car came out and told me that this is a last warning to me,” said Wani, whose son, Ashfaq Majid, counted among the pioneers of armed insurgency in Kashmir, died in March 1990 in an encounter with the paramilitary troops in downtown Srinagar.
Before the ‘accident’, Wani said for almost two weeks he would everyday receive two to three local and non-local customers at his shop at Maharaja Bazaar, who would purchase electric goods from him, but return them next day saying they don’t need them.
“This was unusual to me and it pestered me a lot. I was angry with all of them,” Wani said. “Once a non-local customer came to my shop to return goods he had purchased earlier, but after I refused to take them back he threatened me.”
“He told me that he was a high-ranking officer in some Indian agency and that they have been witnessing my behavior for a long time. He also told me that if I don’t mind my behavior it can have bad consequences for me,” Wani said.
“I am sure I am being targeted for revealing the truth,” he said.
When asked why he was silent for so long if he so passionately believed that Hamid was poisoned to death, Wani said, “When Army took us to identify Hamid’s body, I raised an alarm and contested the Army’s claim that he died of drowning. But an Army Brigadier named Padmanabhan threatened me and told me not to raise the issue or I would meet the same fate.”
“I spurned his threats then and there only, and I am not afraid of anyone even now. But after these recent incidents my friends advised me to approach media so that people are aware about the facts before something untoward happens to me,” Wani added.