Declared dead as ‘Abu Zargam’, Jammu youth gets the shocker of his life

Jammu: A barbecue seller of Jammu on Sunday was in the news and all over the social media, but for all wrong reasons.

Abdul Majid, a youth from Jammu, was declared dead by many media houses after his picture was used among the dead militants who were killed in the Hajin encounter.

“I was shocked on seeing my picture among the dead terrorists in electronic and print media. Somebody downloaded my picture from the Facebook account and circulated it as one of the dead terrorists,” a shocked Abdul Majid told PTI.

He has demanded a probe into the conspiracy.

Majid, who is married with two children, sells barbecues at Khati Ka Talab in Jammu and is also associated with a religious group preaching Islam.

“I am not a terrorist. How can they carry my picture? It is the negligence of media and the state administration,” he said, adding that he has filed a police complaint.

Majid, who sports and long beard and hair also wears a Afghani cap. The picture used has Majid in the same attire however the caption reads ‘Abu Zargam’.

He said he was at home when he received a call informing him that his picture was among the six terrorists killed by security forces.

“The news came as a big shock for my family. They are all very upset,” he said. “I do not know whose conspiracy is this. But whoever has done it has tarnished my image. It is the negligence of media and the administration – how did they publish the picture of an innocent without any proof,” he asked. “I want my name to be cleared as soon as possible,” Majid added.

Six Pakistani militants of the Lashkar, including the nephew of the LeT chief Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, were gunned down in Bandipora on Saturday in an encounter in which an IAF Garud commando was also killed.

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