Kashmiri Teenager who acted in Haider turned militant, shot dead in encounter

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Saqib Bilal, who did a cameo role in Shahid Kapoor starrer Haider in 2014 shot dead in the encounter.

Kashmiri Teenager who acted in Haider turned militant, shot dead in encounter 3

According to latest reports, Saqib Bilal and another boy, a Class 9 student from Hajin Bandipora, were killed along with a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba militant in an 18-hour gun battle with security forces in Mujgund on the outskirts of Srinagar on December 9.

Both the boys had left their homes on August 31 and Bilal’s family is at a loss to understand why he joined militancy.

“For more than a month, we went to places to find them. Ultimately, we realised the unthinkable,” Asim Aijaz, Bilal’s maternal uncle, said, according to the report.

Kashmiri Teenager who acted in Haider turned militant

“He was in his sixth class when he appeared for two brief shots in Haider which have appeared in the film. In one of the shots he appeared as a ‘chocolate boy’ and in another, he acted of surviving a violent incident in a bus,” Aijaz added.

“Before his Haider stint, he appeared in a stage show ‘Weath chi Yeahi (This is the river)’ at Tagore Hall in which he was the protagonist. He managed to get an award and even went to Odisha to repeat the performance,” Aijaz said.

According to media reports, tens of thousands of Kashmiris including women and children gathered at the funeral prayers of the minors at Hajin’s Eidgah, the same place where the two teenagers used to play the game for hours.

Police officials said the two teenagers joined militants immediately after they disappeared.