A video showing a Territorial Army deserter in the company of the Hizbul Mujahideen was released on the social media. The video shows deserter Zahoor Ahmad Thokar along with the group's operational chief, Yasin Yatoo alias Mahmood Gaznavi, and other commanders.
Yatoo, the chief recruiter for the Hizbul Mujahideen is seen welcoming Thokar in the video. It may be recalled that Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin had welcomed Thokar and asked other Kashmiris working in the Army and police to follow the deserter's path.
Thokar,from south Kashmir's Pulwama, had deserted his TA battalion at Gantmulla in Baramulla district with his weapon on June 6 after a two-year service. The Army had issued a high alert after Thokar's desertion while police had questioned his family over his whereabouts.