Jammu, June 15: Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) may be behind the abduction and killing of Army jawan Aurangzeb whose bullet-riddled body was found in Kalampora in Pulwama district.
Intelligence sources told Zee Media that ISI is worried with the anti-terror operations being carried out by the Indian Army. Sources said Aurangzeb was abducted and killed at the behest of the ISI to teach a ”lesson to the Indian security forces”. The idea was to discourage the Kashmiri youths from joining the Army or any security forces for that matter, sources said. Aurangzeb’s body was found by a team of police and Army at Gussu village, about 10-km away from Kalampora, in Pulwama district. He had been shot in his head and neck.
Reacting to the killing, former Jammu and Kashmir 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.” The deceased, a Poonch resident, was on his way home after finishing his duty when he was surrounded by a group of heavily-armed men and taken away at gunpoint. Aurangzeb had been involved in the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Sameer Tiger. Sameer Tiger, who was the local Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was killed in the encounter at the Drubgam village of Pulwama district in May.
On reports of his abduction, the Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a search and informed 23 Rashtriya Rifles with which the jawan was attached. His mother appealed to the terrorists to release him, saying she wanted to celebrate Eid with him. Aurangzeb’s family has had the history of serving Indian armed forces, said the report. While his father retired from the Indian Army, his uncle had died in the line of duty fighting terrorists in 2004. His brother is also an Army soldier.