Srinagar: Terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen has announced that it will set up a separate group of Sikh armed youth to fight against the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Releasing a fresh video, Hizbul commander Zakir Rashid Bhat said the outfit has received requests from Sikh youth for joining the militant ranks in a bid to 'avenge' the Operation Blue Star in Punjab.
"We have received several requests from oppressed Sikh brothers to join us. KPS Gill with the help of RAW killed our Sikh brothers during Operation Blue Star. The Sikh brothers want to join us to take revenge from India (sic)," said Zakir.
Sporting a short trimmed beard, Zakir is seen in the video wearing at-shirt with olive green camouflage waste-coat and trouser in a well-laid out room. Sitting on a chair, Zakir is seen composed with two automatic rifles resting on both sides of his seat and a banner in the background wall.
This is the second time since the death of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani Zakir Bhat that it has released a video in the Valley akin to his former boss who was known for using social media to reach out to the people.
Hailing from Noorpora in Tral, Zakir had left civil engineering at a Chandigarh college and joined Hizbul in 2013. Coming from an affluent family, Zakir's father is also an engineer by profession.
Zakir also appealed to migrant Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homes and assured them security from the militants. "We request Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homes and we will take full responsibility of their safety and security," he said.
Hizbul commander asked youth to snatch weapons from the security forces in order to join the militant ranks.