In a first, Hizbul Mujahideen releases video of civilian execution


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Srinagar: For the first time since its inception, militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has released a video of execution of a civilian whom the group termed as an “informer”.

The homogenous militant group that garners widespread support among the local populace of Kashmir valley released a video of executing an 18-year-old civilian Nadeem Manzoor of south Kashmir’s Safnagri village of Shopian district.

In the video shot in the dead of night which has gone viral on social media a civilian can be seen shot at multiple times while two men who raise slogans ask him “what had our Abrar and Shoban done to you?” seemingly  referring to two militants killed in Shopian earlier this month in an encounter with government forces.

Shortly after the video Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo released an audio in which he said that after thorough investigation ,team of the outfit had found out the informer of the encounter that took place in Safangri, “That informer(Nadeem)  had accepted that he had been lured with money to become an informer. However that innocent boy was given no money,” Naikoo can be heard saying in the video.

He said that army compels the youth to be their informers, “ We appeal to all the parents that they counsel their children to not be informers, so that we are not compelled to take any  such steps,” Naikoo  states.

“We don’t want to kill anyone but your children  compel us to do it,” he says in the video. Adding that the person who acted as informer ruined his life, “No matter if informer is old or young. An informer is an informer and he should get his due,” Naikoo explains.

18-year-old Nadeem Manzoor of south Kashmir’s Safanagri village of Shopian district was abducted by unknown gunmen from his home on Thursday. Later his bullet riddled body was found in the adjoining district of Pulwama.

Meanwhile the execution has evoked mixed response on the social media, while some have termed the killing of the teenager as barbaric others have maintained that he deserved it for what he had done.

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