SHOPIAN: A day after Hizbul Mujahideen released a video of an abducted teenager being shot dead by its militants, five civilians were abducted in Shopian and the corpse of one, with the throat slit, was found lying in an orchard a few hours later.
The corpse of 18-year-old Huzaif Ahmad Kuttay, son of Muhammad Ashraf Kuttay, resident of Manzgam village of district Kulgam, was found lying in an orchard in Tongri Nalla area of Landoora village in Shopian on Saturday afternoon. Huzaid was one of three persons abducted by unknown gunmen on Saturday morning at about 8:30 from near a bread shop in Saidpora-Payeen village of Shopian district.
The two other abducted civilians, Farooq Ahmad Thoker and Shahid Ahmad Ganie, were released in the afternoon by their abductors, but Huzaif was brutally killed. Villagers from Saidpora told Kashmir Reader that Huzaif was working as a bread maker in the village though he was a resident of Manzgam village in Kulgam. They said he was 18 years old.
A senior police officer told Kashmir Reader that Huzaif was abducted by militants.
In Meminder village of Shopian, unknown gunmen abducted two civilian youths in the evening. Villagers identified the abducted persons as Haqib Ahmad Ganie, son of Javid Ahmad Ganie, resident of Meminder, and Ishfaq Ahmad Sheikh, son of Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh, resident of Pudsoo village. Both were abducted from Meminder village.
Villagers said that Ishfaq works in the village as a bread maker and Haqib is a local of Meminder.
On Friday, the body of Nadeem Ahmad, a Class 12 student, was recovered from Niklora village in Pulwama district a day after he was abducted by unknown gunmen. Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen took the responsibility of the killing and also released a video showing him being killed. The Hizbul’s operations chief in Kashmir, Riyaz Naikoo, said in the video that Nadeem had informed government forces about the presence of militants at his village, Safnagri. Two Hizb militants were killed at Safnagri in an overnight encounter on November 6 by government forces.