Soon after the Hajin gunfight in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district ended with the killings of six Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and an Indian Air Force personnel, pictures of the slain went viral on social networking sites, immediately.
However, what shocked many was the picture of a Jammu youth who is well alive and busy in his daily errands.
It was the Sunday afternoon when Abdul Majid, a resident of Khati Ka Talab, recieved a call informing him that his picture was flashed along with other dead on TV screens and news websites.
A video of Majid has gone viral on social networkking site facebook, saying that he and his family was in a state of shock. “Leading newspapers like Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagran and others have carried the picture,” he said in the video.
Terming it a conspiracy against him, Majid demanded a thorough investigatigation into the mischief and said that he has already filed a complaint in this regard.
Majid, who sells barbecues at Khati Talab, said, “I am a simple and hardworking man and I am not affiliated with any militant outfit. It is the failure of the media and Jammu and Kashmir government as they without any proof carried my picture. How can they carry my picture,” he questioned.
Carrying a long beard and donning a (Pakol) Pathani cap, Majid’s picture was carried by several newspapers on the front page captioning that he was the nephew of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi: Abu Zargam.
“Wearing a cap and carrying beard is Islamic teachings; Whoever has done it has tarnished my image,” he said.
A passionate cricketer, “Everybody either in Jammu or in Kashmir know me very well, but people outside the state will call me escaped militant and may attack me, who will be responsible for my security not only me my other family members,” he added.