The wish to become militant made a 14-year-old boy reach Pakistan. Zahid wanted to become a militant but when got refusal by local militants, he decided to get a visa to reach Pakistan. He managed to reach Pakistan last year.
Three militants who were trying to infiltrate into this part of Kashmir from Machhil Sector were killed by Indian Army on June 6. Among the killed militants, one was Zahid.
Zahid hailed from Breharada Yaripora village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district but he was buried in Tanghdar area.
Zahid Rashid Bhat’s two photographs are circulating on the internet. In one photograph, he can be seen holding lollypop in the hands while another photograph is of his dead body. In both the pictures, there is a similar identification mark on the right side of Zahid’s face.
Zahid’s sister told to news agency CNS, “He was just 14 when he wished to join militant ranks. All our efforts to persuade him and keep him away from militancy proved futile. He contacted some local militants who advised him to study because he was so young and innocent, fond of confectioneries.”
Zahid when approached the militants, he was asked to stay away from militancy even by militants but he did not listen.
She added, “We don’t know how he managed a visa for himself and reached other part of Kashmir. We had never expected that he will be the part of militant group and will get killed.”
As per a local, “Who would have thought that a young boy fond of lollipops will take to arms? It is only infatuation and nothing else.”