Hajin youth abducted and killed, family wounded with knives by militants

Hajin youth abducted and killed, family wounded with knives by militants
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Hajin (Bandipora): After killing his son in August last year, militants abducted and killed the son-in-law of Farooq Ahmad Parray in north Kashmir’s Hajin town on Tuesday. Family members also suffered grievous injuries, inflicted by knives, when they resisted the abduction of Naseer Ahmad Sheikh, 23, from his father-in-law’s home.
Relatives of the family said that at 10:45am on Monday, some unknown gunmen barged into the house of Farooq Ahmad Parray and asked about the whereabouts of his son-in-law, Naseer, also known as Muntazir.
Sensing trouble, the family members told the gunmen that Naseer had gone to bed and was preparing to sleep. The gunmen forced their way in and pulled Naseer out “almost naked”, a relative said. Before they dragged Naseer away, the gunmen took out knives and wounded his mother-in-law Rafeeqa, his wife Neelofar, and his cousin Hilal Ahmad Parray, “who are all admitted in JVC Hospital Srinagar”, said Aijaz, a family member.
Aijaz said that Rafeeqa has undergone surgery, Neelofar has a grievous neck injury, and Hilal has cuts in his arm and hand.
After Nasser’s abduction, family members and relatives held a protest in the main market of Hajin. The police assured swift action and registered an FIR. On Tuesday afternoon, the family received a phone call from a farmer in the nearby village of Shahgud. He said, “The body of Muntazir is lying in an orchard.”
“We retrieved the body and handed it over to police. After a post-mortem conducted at Hajin hospital, doctors said he died due to a bullet injury in his upper waist. He had a bullet injury in his leg, too, and a deep mark from a knife on his right hand,” a relative who accompanied the body to the hospital said.
Doctors at CHC Hajin confirmed to Kashmir Reader that the bullet injury in the waist was the most probable cause of Naseer’s death.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar, said that the abduction and killing was the handiwork of a local Lashkar-e-Taiba militant and four of his Pakistani associates.
“Saleem Parray, a local militant from Hajin town, with his four foreign associates, all Pakistanis, have killed Naseer Ahmad Sheikh”, the SSP said.
He added that Muzaffar Ahmad Parray, 26, Naseer’s brother-in-law and Farooq Parray’s son was also killed in August last year by a militant group headed by Mehmood Bhai. “That entire group was killed in November last year,” SSP Zulfikar said.
He added that the Parray family was very humble and it is not clear why militants have targeted them.
Naseer ran a tea stall in Hajin market and also worked as a private Maruti car driver.
Married at the age of 18, Naseer is survived by his parents, brother, wife and two daughters: Aisha, a three-month-old toddler, and Zaina, three years old.
Naseer lived only a few hundred meters from his in-laws’ house in Par Mohalla and had visited them on Monday.
In November last year, after killing several militants in an operation, government forces had claimed that they had “wiped out” Lashkar from Hajin area.