A 14-year-old boy who recently joined the freedom-fighters group was martyred along with 11 others in separate gunfights in Indian Illegally occupied Jammu & Kashmir(IIOJK) during the last 72 hours, regional police said on Sunday.
Faisal Bashir, the teenaged freedom fighter, was said to be associated with the Al-Badr freedom-fighter group. He was martyred along with two other youngsters in an overnight gunfight in south Kashmir’s Hadipora village.
Police in a statement said they made “sincere efforts” to make him surrender, and his family was also called on the encounter site to persuade him, but “his associates did not allow him to come out.”
According to sources, Bashir was his parents’ only son along with four daughters. He studied in class 10, and went missing three days ago.
Meanwhile, two freedom fighters were killed in the early hours of the day in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir.
On April 9, seven freedom-fighters including Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, a top commander of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind were killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama districts.
At least 36 youngsters have been martyred in the restive region in 2021 so far, according to the police.