December 2016 News

Hizb Commander's Kashmir 'studio' Raided: Forces 'inching Closer To Zakir'?

7 December 2016
Kashmir Dispatch
Sheikh Juniad

Srinagar: After he released a new video 'threatening informers and asking them to pack bags', the government forces have seized camouflage uniforms from a hideout - where Hizb commander Zakir Rashid Bhat was reportedly recording his videos- in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral. The raid was carried out by Indian army's 42 RR and police in Batipora village of the southern Tral town last night at a residential house where Hizb's prominent face Zakir alias Moosa reportedly made videos, official sources told Kashmir Dispatch. The raid in Batipora comes after Zakir released a fresh video warning government forces not to harass families of the militants. During the raid, 'some clothes and other material' used by Zakir in different videos and pictures were recovered. 'The house owner is absconding. A case has been registered and further investigations taken up,' sources said, adding 'The intelligence based operation is a part of continuous crackdown on Over Ground Workers,' sources said. Zakir, in his twenties, has emerged as a powerful Hizb commander after the death of its charismatic militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani in a brief gunfight with government forces in Anantnag's Kokernag on July 8. Sources added: we are inching closer to Zakir. Burhan's killing triggered massive anti-India uprising that led to the death of nearly a hundred people, mostly youth, in firing by government forces. Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir, who was close to Wani, in a recent video message had said that several youth have snatched weapons from security forces and have joined the Hizb ranks. 'Anyone who wants to join us, he should snatch a weapon and join us. We welcome them all wholeheartedly,' said Zakir, a former engineering student of Chandigarh, in the video. Police feels his video message will encourage youth to snatch and loot weapons from police and other forces in Kashmir in days to come.