Srinagar: Police on Wednesday said that a militant, spotted in the funeral of Hizb Commander Sabzar Bhat in Tral, has surrendered. Police identified him as Danish Ahmad of Handwara.
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, however, refuted police claims and said that Danish Ahmad was not affiliated with Hizb.
In a statement issued here, police said that a video clip of an unidentified militant, wearing battle pouch with a grenade, were in circulation on social media few days back. “These video clips were clicked in Tral, Awantipora by the local media-persons during the funeral of a self-style commander, Sabzar Bhat of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit,” the statement said.
During investigation, police said, the militant was identified as Danish Ahmed S/O Faooq Ahmed R/O Kulangam, Handwara in Kupwara district. Police said that Danish was a student of B.Sc (third year) at Doon P.G. College of Agriculture Science and Technology, Dehradun and was found involved in stone-pelting incidents at Handwara in 2016. “He was picked up by the police but was let off after counselling in view of his career,” said the statement.
The statement claimed that police and 21 RR of Indian Army “got into touch with his parents and impressed upon them to counsel their son for surrender”. After being “convinced” that Danish will be treated “fairly under law”, family made efforts and “Danish surrendered before Handwara police and 21 RR army”.
On being questioned, police said that Danish revealed he was in touch with militants of south Kashmir region on social media. “He was tasked by Hizbul Mujahideen commanders to ‘activate’ some local youth in North Kashmir and make the region as militancy infested as the southern part of Kashmir,” police statement said, adding that he “he realized the futility of joining militant ranks” after few days.
Police has registered FIR number 133/2017 under section 7/25 Arms Act in Police Station Handwara against Danish while he is being considered under the J&K Surrendered Militants Rehabilitation Policy.
In an e-mailed statement to KNS, Hizb vice chief, Saif-ul-llah Khalid, dismissed the claims. “The police claim about the Danish’s association with Hizb is not true,” he said, adding that Danish had no links with Hizb and ‘such acts should be seen as tactics of Indian agencies’.