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‘Send me his dead-body if you have killed him’: Father of ‘abducted’ Army-man makes an appeal to militants

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‘If my son is not with you, send me a signal as it could be a murder’

Srinagar: After the clothes of a Territorial Army personnel abducted five days ago in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, were found in an orchard in Shopian, the father of the abductee, has appealed to the kidnappers – believed to be militants – to confirm whether his son is in their possession or not.

In a one minute sixteen second long audio-clip, viral on social media now, Manzoor Ahmed, father of the Territorial Army personnel identified as Shakir Manzoor, can be heard making the appeal.

“I’m appealing to the mujahideen that if my son is with them, let us know about it, and if he is not alive let us know that too, because I at least have a right to receive his dead body,” Manzoor says in the audio clip.

Referring to militants, Manzoor says: “If my son is not with you, I appeal you to send me a signal or any message as it could be a murder committed by others as well.”

On Friday morning, locals in Landoora village of Imamsahab in Shopian, found the clothes of Shakir in an orchard.

Official sources told Free Press Kashmir that soon after locals spotted the clothes belonging to Shakir, the concerned police station was informed and a joint team of armed forces personnel including police and army, rushed to the spot to ascertain the situation.

On August, 2, suspected militants abducted Shakir Manzoor from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

“He was on leave and was heading home to Rishipora for Eid when his car was intercepted by gunmen. He was immediately abducted and they also burnt his car,” police had said.

His charred vehicle was found empty on the spot from where he was abducted.

The family members had appealed to the abductors to release him issuing an apology on his behalf.

“We appeal to the abductors to please forgive him if he has committed a mistake and let him go for the sake of God,” a family member had said in a video appeal addressed to Shakir’s abductors.

 

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