Slain had lost teenage son in road accident 3 days ago
Kulgam: A former Ikhwan commander who was now serving in the Territorial Army (TA) was on Monday shot dead by unidentified gunmen, who posed as media personnel, at his home in Shurat village of Kulgam district. His teenage son had died three days ago of injuries sustained in a road accident.
Ikhwan was a group of pro-government gunmen accused of killing hundreds of civilians in Kashmir in the 1990s.
The slain has been identified as 45-year-old Mukhtar Ahmad Malik alias Mukhtar Gola. He was serving in the TA’s 162 Bnand was posted in Srinagar.
A senior police official confirmed the killing and said it took place at about 11:00 AM Monday.
“He was shot multiple times inside his home in Shurat,” the official said, adding that Malik was at home to mourn his 17-year-old son’s death.
As per family sources, Malik’s son had a bike accident a week ago and after battling it out for a few days, succumbed on Friday.
“The family was in the third day of mourning today when gunmen, posing as media personnel, entered his home and shot him dead,” a source close to the family told Kashmir Reader.
He said that Malik was taken to Kulgam district hospital where he was declared brought dead.
As the body was taken back to Shurat, a little more than 50 people, mostly close relatives of the slain, attended a sombre funeral.
At the funeral Malik’s two sons and their relatives abused and tried to manhandle media persons who had reached the spot to carry out their professional duties.
“They picked up batons, while they abused me, and wanted to beat me up. Some people who knew me came to my rescue,” a local journalist told Kashmir Reader.
The slain’s family members, other scribes said, did not allow the media men to cover the funeral.
“Sensing they might actually beat us, we left the venue in a hurry,” another scribe said.
Malik’s body was later flown to Badamibagh cantonment area in Srinagar for a wreath-laying ceremony.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that Malik was a notorious Ikhwan commander “accused” of being involved in many civilian killings in the area.