Srinagar, JUN 15 :
The father of slain rifleman Aurangzeb has given a 72-hour deadline to the Centre to find and kill those who abducted and killed his son in cold-blood on Thursday evening.
Speaking to reporters, Auranzeb’s father said, ”What is stopping the Government of India from taking a decisive action against those responsible for killing my son. If the government does not take any action within 72 hours, I will myself avenge Aurangzeb’s killing.”
The retired army man also slammed those doing politics over the death of martyrs in Jammu and Kashmir and the separatist leaders who, he alleged, were Pakistan sympathisers.
The heartbroken old man said that Aurangzeb’s killing was not only a personal setback to his family but also to the Army, which he was serving, and the state of Jammu and Kashmir to which he belonged.
He also questioned why the state of J&K could not
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be cleaned of terrorists since 2003.
”When the Narendra Modi government came to power, we thought that the situation would improve but not much has been done. I demand that the separatists and others doing politics should be kicked out of Kashmir. The Army and other security agencies should launch an all-out offensive against the terror groups active in the Kashmir Valley,” he demanded.
Our desire to celebrate Eid with him (Aurangzeb) will now remain unfulfilled, the old man said, with tears flowing from his eyes.
The slain rifleman, who was part of the special Army team that was involved in the killing of local Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger in May, was laid to rest with full state honours
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Sameer Tiger was the local Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed in the encounter at the Drubgam village of Pulwama district in May.
Besides grief-stricken family members, hundreds of local villagers attended the last rites of rifleman Aurangzeb.
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He was on his way back home after completing his duty when he was surrounded by a group of heavily-armed terrorists and taken away at gunpoint. His bullet-ridden body was later found by a team of police and Army at Gussu village, about 10-km away from Kalampora, in Pulwama district.
As soon as the report of his kidnapping came in, the Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a massive search for him and informed the 23 Rashtriya Rifles, with which the jawan was attached.
Following his abduction, his mother had appealed to the terrorists to release his son, saying she wanted to celebrate Eid with him.
Meanwhile, the intelligence sources on Friday claimed that Pakistan’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) may be behind the abduction and cold-blooded killing of Aurangzeb.
Aurangzeb’s family has had the history of serving Indian armed forces. While his father retired from the Indian Army, his uncle had died in the line of duty fighting terrorists in 2004.
The jawan’s brother is also an Indian Army soldier.
Srinagar, Jun 15 : Army today paid floral tribute to rifleman Aurangzeb who was abducted and later killed by militants in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday.
A tribute was also paid to rifleman Manvendra Singh who lost his life during an operation in Panar forests in Bandipora district in which two militants were killed.
Army today paid befitting tribute to two of its comrades, who made the supreme sacrifice on 14 June 2018 in the Kashmir Valley, an Army official said.
In a solemn ceremony at Badamibagh Cantonment here, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation, the official added.
Representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects to the jawans, the official said.
“Aurangzeb sustained multiple bullet injuries in a dastardly act wherein he was kidnapped and killed by the terrorists in Gasu village of Pulwama enroute his home on leave to celebrate Eid with his family, the official said.
Hailing from village Salani in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, 24-year-old Aurangzeb joined the Army in 2012. He is survived by his wife, parents and three brothers, the official said.
Singh (30) had joined the Army in 2008 and hailed from village Kabiltha in Rudraprayag, Uttrakhand. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.
The official said the mortal remains of the martyrs were flown for the last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours.
In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the martyrs and remains committed to their dignity and well being, the official said.