In a strongly-worded response, slain soldier Aurangzeb’s father Hanif demanded justice for his son in 32 hours.
He said in a video that has gone viral: “It is my request to you. In the coming 32 hours, I want you to avenge my son’s death. Kill those plundering Kashmir. They took my son, they took Kashmir’s son. I don’t know you defend us or state defends us, but we Kashmiris suffer.”
He also said: “Kashmir is ours. We must not let Kashmir burn. We must weed out the goons who are destroying Kashmir.”
He was later quoted saying by ANI: “My son has abided by his pledge, he has kept his promise. He sacrificed himself for the nation and came back to me. I request the central & state govts to eliminate militancy.”
Earlier, a video of Army rifleman Aurangzeb, understood to have been shot moments before his killing, surfaced today in which he was seen being interrogated by the militants about encounters in which he had participated, officials said on Friday.
Aurangzeb, who was in blue jeans and t-shirt was being asked by suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants about his duties, posting and encounters in which he participated in 1.15 minutes video probably shot in a forest area, they said.
The rifleman, who was ‘buddy’ of a company commander, was abducted by militants at Kalampora in Pulwama yesterday morning when he was on his way home in Rajouri district for Eid celebrations.
His body was found by a team of police and Army at Gussu village, about 10 km away from Kalampora, in Pulwama district.
He was shot in his head and neck, police said.
Aurangzeb belonged to 4 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry and was posted at the 44 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Shadimarg in Shopian, they said.
At about 9 am, Army men from the unit stopped a car asking the driver to drop Aurangzeb in Shopian, officials said, recounting what had happened.
Militants stopped the vehicle as it approached Kalampora and abducted the jawan.
Reacting to the development, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Another piece of terrible news to add to an already horrible day. May Aurangzeb rest in peace. Allah Jannat naseeb karay(sic).