‘Threat’ posters, graffiti haunt people across Kashmir, police clueless

Pardeep Singh Bali

With an abrupt upsurge in militant activities across Jammu and Kashmir, the people in valley are also reportedly exposed to threat posters, which keep on surfacing at different locations, while as the police remain clueless to identify the miscreants behind it.

In recent spate of this trend, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has put posters in Pampore, asking locals to provide them with the phone numbers of army and police informers so that they can be tracked and action can be taken.

The posters had warned locals against sharing information with the anti-Islam agencies. “This time the informers will not be given any chance to repent. In fact, they will be dispatched to the hell,” reads poster, adding “We are supposed to achieve martyrdom one day. However, the crime of getting us murdered should not come on a Muslim.”

The LeT poster further reads that the group has acquired a ‘trace system’ to locate informers if their phone numbers are available.

“We have collected enough information about the army and STF sources. The action will be followed soon,” claims poster, adding, “We appeal to the people to share the number of such informers so that we can track them through our tracking system.”

Meanwhile, talking to Newspoint senior police officer wishing anonymity said that the posters were noticed by the police in the Pampore and this is not the first time such posters appeared in the town.

“The people are frequently complaining about appearance of such posters. Some time people are being threatened of voting in the elections, sometimes they are being subjected to fear psychosis for helping police in social welfare and sometimes the people are also warned for not supporting militants,” said senior police officer.

He added that some months back, unidentified youth scribbled pro-militant graffiti to praise wanted militant of Hizbul Mujhideen outfit Burhan Wani here at Nowhatta area of Srinagar.

“In the Graffiti a masked boy was spotted standing against a wall along the road painted with a slogan “Burhan Our Hizb Hero.” Pro-Militant and Pro-Pakistan Graffiti’s were spotted at several places across Kashmir,” he said, adding, “many Pro-Militant Graffiti’s were also Spotted in Nowgam Bypass, Pantha-chowk and Pulwama areas, however acting immediately, Security agencies painted the places.”

However, experts believe that militants are now using other means like writing pro-militant and pro-Pakistan slogans on walls to lure youth towards militancy.

From Sopore in north Kashmir to Anantnag in south, there are several places where unidentified youth more often paint walls during night with Pro-Militant and pro-Pakistan grafftis.

Parents of youth in the age group of 20 to 25 years are worried due to open invitation from militant factions to join them through uploading videos on social networking site, Face book and circulating posters. Authorities have already announced bounty on head of wanted militant.

Pertinently, some threat posters with Hizbul Mujahideen seal had surfaced in some areas of Pulwama district, warning beauty parlour owners to wind up their business or face consequences besides asking people to stay away from ‘immoral activities’ like drug abuse and narcotic trade.

The posters had also surfaced where people are warned to stay away from alcohol, charas and other immoral activities.

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