LeT denies involvement in ‘unconfirmed’ audio message
Bandipora: A complete shutdown was observed in Preng Hajin and adjoining areas to protest against the killing of a civilian, Yaqoob Ahmad Wagay, in the village past Thursday midnight.
Witnesses said that shops were closed and traffic remained off the roads in Preng and adjoining areas. They said that people also held protests against the gruesome and unabated killings of civilians in Hajin in recent weeks.
A protest march was taken out by Wagay’s family members and other villagers up to police station Hajin. The family members and villagers demanded that the police identify the culprits.
On Friday, the local Imams in their sermons condemned the killing of Wagay and asked Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to explain why they brutally killed him, if they had indeed done so.
The police has blamed Wagay’s killing on the same LeT group, which includes non-local militants and a local recruit, that police blamed for earlier such killings in Hajin. Refuting the police claim, an unconfirmed audio message from the LeT began circulating on social media from Friday evening which said that the killing was “the handiwork of Indian agencies to defame the freedom fighters and create a rift between public and militants”.
In the audio message, the purported LeT militants denied killing Wagay and another civilian, Hilal Ahmad Parray, who was abducted from his home on May 16 and his body was found the next day near in a nearby apple orchard, bearing severe torture marks.
Wagay’s was the 7th such killing in Hajin, an off-duty BSF soldier also among those killed by “unidentified gunmen”.