‘Nayeem was pushed to militancy’

‘Nayeem was pushed to militancy’
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Last of three missing youngsters from Sopore killed in encounter

Sopore: Three youngsters from Brath Kalan village of Sopore in Baramulla district went missing in the evening of March 6, 2016. It was Sunday and the locals had no clue as to where the trio went but whispers thrived about their joining the militant ranks. Soon the soldiers from Seelu army camp began targeting the houses of these young men corroborating the rumours around. One of these missing youngsters was Nayeem Ahmad Najar who was killed by the government forces on Monday in an encounter at Shangergund village of Sopore. With Najar’s killing, all three missing youth of the village met their fate. Earlier, 22-year-old, Sajad Ahmad Mir S/O Ghulam Qadir Mir was killed in a brief encounter at Amargarh area of Sopore in February and Altaf Ahmad Mir, 25, a fruit dealer was killed in an encounter at neighboring Bomai village in June last year.
“After Nayeem went missing, we lodged a report in local police station but he could not be traced out at any place,” his father Ghulam Hassan Najar told Kashmir Reader. Najar was pursuing his masters through IGNOU from Sopore Degree College. His family never heard from him since the day he left the home. “On the fateful day when rumours spread that he was trapped in a house at a neighboring village, we tried to march towards encounter site but the forces already deployed disallowed us to march forward,” Ghulam Hassan said.
He said a Major rank officer had frequently summoned Nayeem to the camp but he did not mention this to the family and instead joined the militant ranks. “I wish he had told me about the Major’s summoning, I would have done something about it,” he said.
Nayeem’s childhood friend, who wished anonymity, told Kashmir Reader that he was a handsome and brilliant student among all friends. After passing 12th class from higher secondary Dangerpora, we did bachelors in arts from Sopore Degree College. “He (Nayeem) never took part in protests but the harassment by army pushed him to pick up arms and join the militant ranks,” he said.

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