26 May 2016
Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, which the police had described as a militancy-free zone for more than a decade now, is apparently witnessing a fresh recruitment of locals as an image of an 18-year-old boy, Tufail Ahmad Mir, a resident of Srinagar’s Qamarwari area, has gone viral on social media in the past 24 hours. The boy is seen wearing army uniform and a gun laden against his shoulder.
Tufail has been operated upon twice on his gall bladder, according to his friends is a BA student of GDC Bemina and had gone missing since May 20. After his image has gone viral over the social media, the police while speaking to the Hindu has confirmed the joining of more than two youth since January this year to the militant ranks.
The last encounter that happened in Srinagar was on 15th day of August in 2016 at Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar in which five militants were allegedly killed. A Central Reserve Police Force officer died and nine others were injured in the encounter.The last local militants from Srinagar, Ibrahim Dar, a resident of Batamaloo’s Tengpora, and Ishfaq Ahmad Rather, Narwara, were killed in encounter in Lawaypora, on the outskirts of Srinagar, in 2005.
At least 13 militants are active in Srinagar, which include two foreigners.