Lashkar denies beheading claims, condemns killing of Hajin youth

Lashkar denies beheading claims, condemns killing of Hajin youth

Meanwhile, pursuing credible leads of the presence of LeT terrorists in Kupwara, police, along with 41 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 98 Bn CRPF, on Friday launched a cordon and search operation in Juggiyal, Turshan Mohalla, Hyhama areas of the district.

A report from Hajin said that headless body of Butt was found in the orchard by local residents. The father is said to have escaped with gunshot wounds and the son- Manzoor Ahmed Bhat was abducted and taken to an isolated location.

Police said local terrorist Mohommad Saleem Parrey is believed to have played a major role in the killing of the local innocent youth.

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Last year, the security forces killed several top Lashkar commanders, including the nephew of Lashkar-e-Toiba chief and alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, in Hajin and claimed to have wiped off the entire leadership of Lashkar. In a statement, she said that the inhuman way in which the youth was killed is against the social ethos and cultural value system of people of the state.

Former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah criticised the silence of spearatist leaders over the incident. The terrorists kidnapped the youngster and his father named, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat and Abdul Gaffar Bhat. "I'm not surprised", he said.

Police said that Ahmad was decapitated by the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist group. Two women were also assaulted by the militants. Now the terrorists are trying to hold sway in the area.