In a sudden turn of events, an Let militant, who identifies himself as Aijaz Ahmad Gojri has recorded a video for his fellow militants, urging them to ‘shun the path of violence’. Gojri, 19, arrested with three others for their alleged involvement in the Baramullah terror attack is calling out his ‘friends’ Suhaib Akhoon, Mohsin Mushtaq Bhat and Nasir Amin Drazi revealing his experience with the Indian Army and what he believes to be the intention of their leaders in Pakistan also asking them to get back home.
On Wednesday, a Lashker-e-Taiba terror module of 10 people were busted in north Kashmir, out of which four militants were allegedly responsible for killing three boys at Baramullah.
Haseeb Nabi Khan, Irfan Ahmad Sheikh and Mohammad Asgar Sheikh, all residents of Baramullah were gunned down by two of the four militants on April 30, who the militants suspected to be the army informers, claimed a police spokesman.
Multiple parties of police, Army and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were directed to track and arrest the culprits.
The video that was shot immediately after Gojri’s arrest in which he is requesting his militant friends to return from the forests for the sake of their parents and start living a good life while they still can. His video got viral on WhatsApp group on May 10.
“That day I fled and hid in the bushes, the army could have killed me. But they arrested me and gave me a new life…Our masters sitting in Pakistan would say bad things about the Indian Army, but it isn’t like that. You (militants) should see for yourselves. There’s a conspiracy going on, and they are playing with our lives,” Gojri said in the video.
“We were misled by our leaders in Pakistan about the Indian Army, which is not true. You should come and meet the Army officers. This is a conspiracy wherein they (Pakistanis) are playing with our lives,” he added.
J&K police chief SP Vaid told ET, “I don’t know who shot the video, but the message is absolutely right. All of them should save themselves from this path of destruction.” Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Swayam Prakash Pani also said,”We have ample evidence to suggest the hand of outlawed Lasher-e-Taiba group in instigating violence and killing innocent people in north Kashmir”.
While Gojri has apparently found a new purpose in life, his family seems to believe otherwise. “When you are in custody, you have to speak what they want you to. You are under the clutches of tyrants, what else do you expect,” said a close relative of Gojri to ET at the condition of being anonymous.
Gojri was a 1st year student in Baramullah Degree College when he went missing in November 2017, joining the ranks of militants. His family claims that they saw him in this video for the first time ever since he got missing last year.
Gojri’s family also claim that he was earlier arrested in 2016 having been kept in different police stations, soon after which he was held against Public Safety Act and was sent to Central Jail in Srinagar and then Kathua Jail.
You can watch Aijaz Gojri’s viral video below.