In a quid pro quo arrangement , all the 11 relatives of police personnel were released by the terrorists. This was confirmed by the J&K police chief, SP Vaid.
The militants had abducted the eleven relatives, in South Kashmir allegedly in retaliation to the detention of their own family members by police.
The J&K police also released Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo’s father Asadullah Naikoo, who was among five people detained in Awantipora on Wednesday. The video which was released into social media was addressed to the police by Riyaz Naikoo, who claimed responsibility for the abductions and had given police three days to release relatives of militants.
“We did not want to involve your families in this. We picked up your relatives so that you realise what our mothers go through when you arrest their innocent kin. We have set them free with full dignity this time but next time it will not be repeated. We will act according to how you act.” Naikoo said in the videoclip.