A Student of BSc (IT), ‘Handsome’ Shoaib was the Son of a Slain Militant Commander

February 13

An early morning encounter, a late funeral, thousands marching here and there, streets filled with tear smoke shells- Kashmir is witnessing a new cycle of deaths, 2019 is no different from 2018, till 13 February 32 Militants have been killed during various Anti Militancy operations in Kashmir.

The past three days have seen the killing of eight Locals boys, who had joined Militant outfits the last year, one Hilal, killed today in Anti Militancy operation by Indian Government Forces was longest surviving among them.

Hilal Ahmed of yaripora, as per Locals of Yaripora, where he hailed from, had joined Militancy in 2015, A diploma holder in Physiotherapy, Hilal joined Lashkar e Taiba under the command of Majid Zarger.

Locals told The Kashmiriyat that Hilal was a close associate of the slain Lashkar commander, who started the weapon snatching.

Held responsible for major attacks in South Kashmir, Hilal maintained a low profile in Lashkar e Taiba and has photos were rarely seen on Social Media.

His slain commander, as per Locals, was against glorying Militancy through Social Media.

Two Militants were cornered by Indian Government Forces including 50 Battalion of Rashtriya Rfiles, Central Reserve Police Force and Jammu Kashmir Police early morning on Wednesday amid rainfall.

A police official told The Kashmiriyat that when a siege was laid around a few houses in the Wathoora area of Budgam District in Central Kashmir, the holed up Militants, two in number, opened fire on a joint party of Forces, who retaliated.

In the ensuing gunfight, he said, two Militants were killed, they were identified as Locals, Hilal Ahmed Wani and Shoaib Mohammed Lone from restive South Kashmir which has seen the most number of killing since the killing of popular commander, Burhan Wani.

Since 2010, agencies in India have fixed their gaze over the four districts of the Southern Kashmir –Islamabad (Anantnag), Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam. Post 2010, there has been a drastic rise in the number of local youth taking up arms from here.

Encounters between Militants and Government forces are a daily news and the local population does not shy away from expressing their support for the Militancy. People say: a new wave of local militancy is gathering magnanimous strength in South Kashmir, as many say due to the geographical location and the easy connectivity between the four districts down South.

In October, a 22-year-old student from Kashmir studying at a private college in Dehradun went missing, after which his photo carrying an assault rifle appeared on Social media.

Immediately after he went missing, the Family members of this 22 year old student Shoaib Mohammad Lone from Bumrath in Waokay Kulgam in South Kashmir, appealed him to return home.

The Likes of Commanders like Bashir Lashkar from Kokernag, Altaf Kaczroo from Quimoh, Yasin Itoo of Budgam, Ashraf Khan of Kokernag blew new life into militancy and saw new generation of young Kashmiris including Burhan Wani, Dawood Sheikh, Majid Zarger picking up arms to lead what Media men call as “New Age Militancy.”

Before 2010 the theatre of militancy was in North Kashmir, Many experts claim that there are no specific regional factors.

In the video message, she had said, “I will consume poison if he does not return. I have no one else other than him (Shoaib).” However Shoaib did not return.

Locals told The Kashmiriyat that Shoaib was pursung BSc (IT) at Alpine Institute of of Technology in Dehradun.

A family relative speaking to The Kashmiriyat said that, “He was scheduled to come home, the last call the family made to him was on September 20, he told the family members that he was leaving Dehradun, but after he did not reach home, and the phone being switched off, the family got worried.”

After a few days, the family lodged a complaint in the nearest Police station, which has been confirmed by The Kashmiriyat from Police officials.

The father of Shoaib as per Locals, was a popular commander of early 90’s, He was killed in 1995.

Locals told The Kashmiriyat that Shoiab was often referred to as ‘Handome’ by the locals.

The roots of the Kashmir issue date back to 1947, the partition of British India into the new states of India and Pakistan. Kashmir today stands divided between India and Pakistan, with a de facto border known as the Line of Control.

The two nations have fought three wars over Kashmir, in 1947, 1965 and 1999. The armed Movement against Indian rule in Kashmir started around late 1988. Unofficial estimates suggest that since then more than 90,000 people have been killed in Kashmir.

There have been charges of Rapes, Custodial killings, enforced disappearances, arson, torture against more half a million soldiers deployed in the region. The Soldiers have also been accused of carrying out fake encounters and using maximum possible force against the civilian population.

The Civilian population also accuses the soldiers of having the impunity in the cases of mass murders like in Bijbehara, Gaw Kadal, Sopore and many other places.