Srinagar /May, 24 : The body of Ansar Gazwatul Hind (AGH) Chief Zakir Musa killed Thursday evening in a gunfight in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district was on Friday handed over to his family for last rites.
Locals said that the body of Musa was recovered early Friday morning from the gunfight site in Dadsara village along with an AK 47 rifle and a rocket launcher.
An official said that following a cordon and search operation by a joint party of army and SOG on specific information about the presence of Kashmir’s most wanted militant commander Zakir Musa in Dadsara village of Tral area in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district the gunfight broke out area after Musa turned down offer to surrender, fired UBGL grenades and opened fire .
The gunfight raged for several hours and ended early Friday, resulting into death of Musa. Musa, a resident of Noorpora area of Tral, first joined the Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit in 2013 and was a close aide of Hizb commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. Both worked together to strengthen the outfit and within years the outfit rose to prominence, recruiting young and educated youth in their ranks. After Wani’s killing in July 2016 Musa took over the command. However, he hit the headlines in the summer of 2017 when in a video message he declared fighting for caliphate and not for joining Pakistan or creating an independent state. He also threatened Hurriyat leadership of dire consequences who he thought were a hurdle in the establishment of caliphate. However, his views were not endorsed by Hizb leadership following which he parted ways and formed his own outfit Ansar Ghazwat Ul Hind. Musa came from a well off family. His father Abdul Rashid Bhat is a retired assistant executive engineer. His elder brother Shakir Rashid Bhat is an orthopedic surgeon and his sister Shaheena Rashid Bhat is a banker. In 2012 he left for Chandigarh to pursue engineering at Ram Dev Jindal college but left it midway and instead joined militancy.