The forces hunted for militants during the night, but they had to retreat without any success. On the morning of December 21, they knocked the door of Jan Mohammad Akhoon in Arampora, a village nestled among the orchards of south Kashmir, and took him along.
Barely 500 meters away from his house, he was asked to climb down a ravine towards a cave-like opening on a vertical slope, which was covered with dead grass and twigs. “There are militants inside the hideout,” Akhoon recalled the forces telling him. “Ask them to surrender.” He followed the diktat.
“We know what we have to do,” a voice from inside the hideout responded, asking the man in his 50s to leave the spot. Read more