In con­fes­sion video, J&K man re­veals giv­ing mil­i­tant info to army

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - Ashiq Hus­sain

SRINAGAR:A video of a semi-naked shot-at Kash­miri youth “con­fess­ing” about giv­ing the army in­for­ma­tion about mil­i­tants, went vi­ral on Mon­day, just a night af­ter he was al­legedly ab­ducted and shot at by mil­i­tants in restive Kash­mir’s Shopian.

Po­lice said the video seems to have been recorded in mil­i­tant cus­tody af­ter the 24-year-old Ki­fayat Bashir Mir, a res­i­dent of Moolu Chi­tragam, was ab­ducted and fired upon from close range, in­jur­ing him se­verely on Sun­day.

A po­lice spokesman said ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the hand of Lashkar-e-taiba (LET).

Su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Shopian, Shri­ram Am­barkar Dinkar said Mir was hos­pi­talised and is sta­ble.

“He was shot in the an­kle,” Dinkar said.

In the video, Mir is be­ing ques­tioned by a per­son sus­pected to be a mil­i­tant from be­hind the cam­era.

“You gave in­for­ma­tion (to se­cu­rity forces about pres­ence of mil­i­tants) at Pah­noo in Shopian?” he is asked, to which he an­swers in the af­fir­ma­tive, adding, “Two mil­i­tants and four civil­ians were mar­tyred there.”

Four civil­ians and two mil­i­tants were killed in se­cu­rity forces’ ac­tion af­ter army claimed to have been at­tacked by mil­i­tants at a check point in Pah­noo, Shopian on March 4.

Mir says he was forced to give in­for­ma­tion by the army. “I was work­ing for the LET and some­body in­formed army about that. They had (army) made my life hell. They tor­tured me and forced me to work for them,” he al­leged.

Mir then folds his hands and apol­o­gises for “his mis­takes”. “I ac­cept that I gave in­for­ma­tion. I apol­o­gise to mil­i­tant brothers, peo­ple and their fam­i­lies. It won’t be re­peated again,” he says.

The district SP, Dinkar said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the con­tents of the video. “Ob­vi­ously it is made un­der duress,” he said.

In De­cem­ber last year, a sim­i­lar type of video of a young man made dur­ing his time al­legedly in cus­tody of mil­i­tants in Pul­wama and “con­fess­ing” about giv­ing in­for­ma­tion about the lo­ca­tion of mil­i­tants, had gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia in Kash­mir.

The youth was let off ow­ing to the mil­i­tant back­ground of his brother.

I was work­ing for the LET and some­body in­formed army about that. They had (army) made my life hell. They tor­tured me and forced me to work for them. KI­FAYAT BASHIR MIR, Val­ley res­i­dent

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