‘My beloved brother has achieved martyrdom’ slain militant’s brother breaks news on Facebook

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Syed Tajamul Imran with his slain militant brother Ruban

Srinagar: In an extraordinary display of courage a youth broke the news of his militant brother’s ‘martyrdom’ on his Facebook profile.

Syed Tajamul Imran who hails from south Kashmir’s Shopian while taking to his Facebook profile not only shared that his brother had been killed but also informed about the timing of his brother’s funeral,
“Ina Alihi waina ilihi Rajiooun.
My Dear beloved Brother RUBAN has achieved Martyrdom.
Funeral at 2:30 Pm on words IA.
#Kashmir #Aazadi_IA(SIC), ” Mr. Syed wrote on his Facebook while reiterating his pledge for ‘Kashmir freedom’.

His brother, Syed Ruban who hailed from south Kashmir’s Nazneenpora of district Shopian had joined militancy in June 2018.

As per reports, Rubaan was killed yesterday in an encounter in Hapeth Nard area of Char Shareef, central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Rubaan, a student of government degree college Pulwama had joined Al Badr militant outfit after being repeatedly harassed by government forces.

A cricket enthusiast 22-year-old Rubaan joined militant ranks after an episode of harassment by government forces in his home.

Mr. Syed wrote in an article for a local magazine, titled, ‘Why I am still waiting for my militant brother’ he wrote: On June 17, 2018, at 11:30 pm, army party came to our village and surrounded it from all sides. Then they entered our house and assembled us all in a room. They accused us of harboring militants in our house. Then after three hours of search, in which they searched all three houses: ours and our uncles, they found nothing. Then, to everyone’s surprise, one of the army personnel slung his AK47 over Ruban’s shoulder and started clicking his pictures. That very moment I feared I would lose him. When my mother and other family members intervened, they started abusing them all. In the meanwhile, I confronted the army officer and asked him why they are harassing us. But one of his guards started beating me ruthlessly. At this point, Ruban told them that don’t harm my brother as he knows nothing.”

“He stays outside Kashmir. He is out of home for last seven years,” Ruban told them. But this was not the first time when Ruban was harassed,” Imran wrote.

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