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Mason turned militant was forced to join militancy, alleges family

Mason turned militant was forced to join militancy, alleges family
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Pulwama: Top LeT commander Tawseef Ahmad Yatoo son of Abdul Aziz Yatoo resident of Gadbug in Lassipora area of Pulwalma was one among the four slain militants killed in a pre-dawn encounter at LassiporaPulwama.
Tawseef according to his family was arrested more than 20 times for having links with militants before he finally joined militant ranks, they said.
In police custody he was subjected to torture so many times which forced him to leave his children, wife and his parents they said.
“Why would a person leave his 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son. It was just the regular tortures which forced him to join the militant ranks,” said his cousin.
Tawseef, a school dropout and belonging to a poor family had joined militant ranks days before the killing of Hizb commander BurhanMuzaffarWani. He was working as a mason before joining the militants.
Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in his last rites at his native village Gadbug and he was laid to rest after seven rounds of funeral prayers amid massive pro freedom sloganeering.
Aaqib Ahmad Kumar son of Bashir Ahmad Kumar, a resident of HillowImamsahibShopian had joined militant ranks in September 2018. According to his family he was never arrested before joining militant ranks.
Belonging to an economically weak family, Aaqib was a school dropout who is now survived by two brothers, two sisters besides his parents.
Thousands of people participated in his last rites and he was laid to rest after multiple funeral prayers amid massive pro militant slogans.
Zaffar Ahmad Paul son of Mohammad Ahsan Paul resident of MoluChitragam of Shopian district had joined militant ranks in September 2017 and was arrested once over having links with militants, before he actually joined them, said his family.
Belonging to a middle class family Zafar after passing his 12th examination was pursuing a lab technician course from a private institute in Pulwama.
He is survived by a brother, sister and parents.
Mohammad ShafiBhat son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat resident of Sedov village had joined militant ranks in October 2018 and was the lone militant active in Sedov belt.
He according to locals was arrested once before joining ranks for having links with militants and soon after he was released from police custody, however, he joined the militant ranks soon after his release.
Belonging to a middle class family Mohammad Shafi left his studies in class 9th and later started working in his own orchards to earn livelihood.
He is survived by two brothers, two sisters and parents.
Meanwhile, multiple funeral prayers amid participation of thousands of people were held at his native village before he was buried.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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