Sameer aagaya, shouted an Army personnel before a major encounter broke out in Kashmir. This was the dreaded Sameer Tiger of the Hizbul Mujahideen who was gunned down in an encounter by security forces last week.
Meanwhile the situation remains tense at Pulwama, the home district of the slain terrorist. While thousands attended his funeral, Army personnel remained on a state of high-alert. Several youth were also picked up for trying to put up posters of the terrorists in a bid to hail him as a martyr.
The Army worked on actionable intelligence before it gunned down the terrorist who was becoming a menace in the Valley. When the Army cornered him in a house, he began opening fire. The house was then set ablaze before Sameer was gunned down.
A close aide of Burhan Wani, he was tasked with taking the Kashmir battle to the second level. Under his leadership, several youth had been recruited and it may be recalled that recently a picture of him holding an M4 Carbine had surfaced.
He was a dangerous terrorist who had been trained locally. He was a known face on the social media and would post several controversial statements urging the youth to raise arms. He was among the top 11 terrorists of the Valley and also part of the infamous team that Wani had built. Tiger was one of the last surviving terrorists of the team and on Monday he was gunned down by the Army.
Just hours before he was killed he had threatened Major Rohit Shukla of the 44 Rasthtriya Rifles. The video in which he made the threat was circulated by the social media team of the Hizbul Mujahideen. In 2016, he was booked for stone pelting. He was 21 at that time.
He rose in the ranks of the Hizbul Mujahideen soon and had gone on to become a lethal terrorist. He was graded A++ by the Army and was on the hit-list for long.
In the video clip, Tiger is heard handing out a threat to Major Shukla. He says, "If you have drank your mother's milk then come forward." Hours later the Major and Tiger was face to face with each other. Major Shukla took Tiger down, but in the bargain suffered bullet injuries. He has been admitted at the 92 Base Hospital in a critical condition.