Srinagar, June 14: The mother of Army jawan, who was kidnapped by militants from Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday, appealed the terrorists to leave his son as she wants to celebrate Eid with him.

In an exclusive interview to Zee News, Aurangzeb’s mother said, “Leave him in the name of Allah, I want to celebrate Eid with him”.

22-year-old Aurangzeb – a resident of Poonch district – was reportedly proceeding toward his home on leave for Eid in a shared cab when a group of armed militants abducted him near Kalampora in Shopian.

He belongs to 4 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry and is at present posted with the 44 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Shadimarg in Shopian, according to officials.

The Army said it has initiated an operation to locate the abducted jawan who is a resident of Poonch district.

Aurangzeb was part of the commando unit which gunned down Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sameer Ahmed Bhat, alias Sameer Tiger, in April this year.

Aurangzeb’s father is a retired Army personnel, while one of his five brothers is in the security forces. The remaining four brothers are still pursuing their studies. His uncle was killed by militants in 2004.

He hit the national limelight in November 2017 as the long-haired youth with piercing eyes looking directly into the camera posing with an American M4 carbine in an orchard somewhere in south Kashmir, triggering a debate on how the US-made weapon came to be in the Valley. The photograph was circulated widely on social media.

The man who terrorised the entire Kashmir Valley started out as a chronic stone pelter. The Class 8 dropout emerged as another poster boy for the Hizbul Mujahideen after the death of Burhan Wani in July 2016.