“They Will Kill me Like Rizwan, If they Arrest me”- Irfan had Joined Militancy to Evade Arrest

May 22

Danish Hameed

Irfan Ahmed Bhat, son of Manzoor Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Pooniwah area in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district has been identified as one of the Militants among the two killed in an encounter with Government Forces in the Gopal pora area of Damhal Hanjipora area in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

On 5th Day of April, Irfan Ahmed, a youth from Pooniwah area in Kulgam to evade police arrest went missing from his home, The Kashmiriyat reported,  Identified as Irfan Ahmed Bhat son of Manzoor Ahmed Bhat in apprehension of Police arresting him left home on early hours of 5th April, after which he disappeared, the family had been looking for him since.

Speaking to The Kashmiriyat, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat, his father had appealed the general Public to help the family in locating their 26 year old son, Irfan. “The Police raided his house looking for him a couple of times, however he escaped the arrest both the times,” one of his neighbour told The Kashmiriyat.

Thousands of people have gathered for his funeral in his native, Pooniwah area in Kulgam district of South Kashmir amid intense pro freedom and Pro Islam sloganeering. At his funeral, his mother raised pro Freedom slogans to which thousands of men and women responded.

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One of his friend speaking to The Kashmiriyat said that Irfan used to tell them constantly that he might be killed by Forces anytime. “They WIll Kill me if they arrest me, like they killed Rizwan,” he told us the last time we saw him on April 04.

On the morning of 5th April, he left home after which his parents tried to call him several times, but his phone was switched off. The family had issued an emotional appeal asking their son to come back home.

However, the Jammu Kashmir Police, soon responded to our story and issued a press release stating that On 03-04-2019, two unidentified persons murdered  Ab Majeed Dar S/O Mohd Ramzan Dar R/O Shalipora by shooting him at point blank range at village Shalipora.

The Police said that immediately after the crime, a criminal case was registered and the Police launched an investigation, During the course of investigation, the role of a person named Irfan Ahmad Bhat S/O Manzoor Ahmad Bhat R/O Poniwah was established.

Rebutting the allegations of the family, the Jammu Kashmir Police in Kulgam said that a Police party of PS Kulgam went to the  house of accused later in April for his arrest, but his family members assaulted police party and helped him to escape.

Most of the Militants since 2010 in apprehension of Police torture and arrests have joined Militant outfits, the rate has increased manifold since 2016 after the killing of Burhan Wani on Juy 08.