SHOPIAN: According him the status of a martyr, the body of a youth from Heff village in Shopian district was exhumed from the general graveyard after five days and buried at Heff’s martyrs’ graveyard by locals after nine militants appeared in the village and denied involvement in his killing.
Tariq Ahmad Mohand, son of Ghulam Hassan Mohand, was abducted by unknown men on July 8 from outside his home. His body was found the next day at Rakhmoman area of Arwani in neighbouring Kulgam district. After a post-mortem conducted at sub-district hospital Shopian, police in Kulgam handed over the body to the family.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that there were gruesome torture and burn marks on the body.
After today’s Friday congressional prayers, eyewitnesses said, nine militants appeared in Heff village and offered several rounds of gun salute to the slain Tariq. “He was our well-wisher and was killed by (Indian) agencies. He is a martyr like Saddam and Bilal (slain militants),” the militants told a gathering of hundreds of villagers near the martyrs’ graveyard in Heff.
Tariq was the cousin of slain militant Bilal Ahmad Mohand who was killed in a military operation at Badigam village on May 5, along with top Hizb commander Saddam Padder and three other associates, including Muhammad Raafi, assistant professor at Kashmir University.
A resident of Heff, wishing anonymity, told Kashmir Reader that the militants who appeared in the village today raised pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans. He said that earlier the body of Tariq was buried in the general graveyard as people thought he had been killed by militants.
“Today, villagers shifted his body to the martyrs’ graveyard after militants cleared the confusion,” he said.
Tariq, according to locals, was a carpenter by profession and had an eight-month-pregnant wife at home. He was married nine months ago.
A gathering of more than a thousand people, raising pro-Pakistan, anti-india and pro-Azadi slogans, was present when Tariq was buried at the martyrs’ graveyard.