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Watch: Video of top Hizbul commander Saddam Padder’s mother giving gun salute to slain son goes viral

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Saddam Padder, Jammu and Kashmir, Shopian encounter

Srinagar: A video surfaced here today purportedly showing the mother of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Saddam Padder, who was among the five militants killed in an encounter with security forces yesterday, giving a gun salute to her slain son in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The low-quality video surfaced on social media this morning. A pheran-clad woman, believed to be Padder’s mother, is seen pulling the trigger of a gun held by a militant atop a building in the Heff area of Shopian.

Padder’s mother hugged the militant, Syed Naveed Mushtaq — a police deserter who decamped with four rifles from a police post guarding the Food Corporation of India facility in Budgam district last year — before pulling the trigger of the automatic weapon.

A police official said the video is being investigated.