Brother of former LeT commander kidnapped, released

Brother of former LeT commander kidnapped, released
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Video shows him ‘confessing’

PULWAMA: Arif Ahmad Malik, brother of slain Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Pintoo Malik, is seen in a video confessing to what apparently are militants that he informed government forces about a hideout of militants and that he apologises for this “mistake”. Arif says in the video that he will leave Kashmir and go to Jammu. Arif is now admitted at SMHS Hospital, with injuries that suggest he was severely beaten by his kidnappers.
A resident of Litter village of Pulwama, Arif was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at about 7 pm Sunday from his shop in the village, his family members said. Arif’s elder brother, Tariq Ahmad Malik, told Kashmir Reader that Arif was kidnapped by masked men from near his shop and was later released. “He has several injury marks on his feet, hands and head. We took him to Pulwama hospital from where he was referred to SMHS Srinagar,” he said.
“We don’t know who kidnapped and tortured him but we came to know he was kidnapped by armed, masked gunmen,” he said.
Arif is one of the younger brothers of Muhammad Altaf Malik aka Pintoo Malik, a former LeT commander who was killed by government forces in 2007 in Vehil-Nowgam area of Shopian.
Kashmir Reader cannot confirm the authenticity of the video that surfaced on social media on Monday, showing Arif confessing to having informed on militants. In the video, Arif replies to one of his kidnappers that: “Two searches were conducted by forces in our house and later I showed them the house in which militants were hiding, when they (government forces) told me that they will save me and my house.”
“I made this mistake of showing them the hideout and now I apologise to the warriors (militants) and people of Kashmir for doing this. I will leave my village for four months and it is God’s curse on me,” Arif says in the video.
Another video clip shows the kidnappers asking Arif, “Did you confess to informing, under force or by your own will?” Arif replies that yes, he did inform the government forces and he is confessing this without torture. He tells the kidnappers that he will leave his village and go to Jammu.
One of the kidnappers tells Arif, “We are leaving you this time because you brother has been martyred in the same path which we have taken. If we find you again, we will kill you.”
Duty Officer Lassipora police station, Sarfaraz Ahmad, confirmed the incident of Arif’s kidnapping to Kashmir Reader and said that his family has refused to disclose the identity of the persons who kidnapped him. “He (Arif) is stable and has injury marks on his hands and feet, He was referred to Pulwama hospital, from where he was referred to SMHS Srinagar,” Ahmad said.
Two militants were killed in an encounter at Litter on October 14. They were identified as LeT commander Wasim Shah of Heff village of Shopian and Nisar Ahmad Mir of Litter village of Pulwama. Mir was pursuing a PhD degree before he joined militant ranks.
Besides the two militants, a civilian was also killed in protests that broke out in Litter around the encounter site. Another civilian was hit by a bullet and is now paralysed. A teenage boy was hit by pellets and he lost sight in his right eye.