Sopore: Two masked gunmen on Wednesday afternoon abducted a young butcher from his shop in Younsu village, an area that comes under Handwara police jurisdiction and is about 17 km from Sopore town in north Kashmir.
Younsu village is not far from the area where a tailor, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, was abducted and then killed by militants some two weeks ago.
The abducted person has been identified as 26-year-old Tawseef Ahmad Ganai, son of Muhammad Afzal Ganai, a resident of Tujjar village in Sopore area. Tujjur is the village where two militants were killed in an encounter by government forces last week.
On Wednesday afternoon, soon after the butcher was abducted, government forces launched a search operation in Tujjar village. Reports said a joint team of army’s 22 RR, police, and paramilitary CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation at Tujjar village and conducted door-to-door searches. Police said they had “specific input about militants’ presence in the area.”
According to reports, Mushtaq was busy with his daily work at his butcher’s shop in Younsu area when a couple of armed masked men barged into his butcher shop and abducted him at gunpoint.
Mushtaq is known for his cricketing talent in his village and people usually call him by his nickname, Tana.
Mushtaq’s parents and two brothers live at his home in Tujjar village. His father and one brother pursue the same profession of a butcher while another brother is a teacher.
SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal confirmed to Kashmir Reader that the abduction took place in Younsu village, which comes under Handwara police’s jurisdiction, and the abducted person is a resident of Tujjar village, which comes under Sopore police jurisdiction.
“We have launched a search to nab the abductors and to trace the abducted person, but so far his whereabouts remain unknown,” Javid Iqbal said.