Kashmir Militancy rising: Truth at the local level
Thousands of people of the valley gathered for the funeral prayers of the Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed during the Kulgam gunfight between security forces and the militants days ago. The villagers delayed the burial by approximately two hours which shows that the support for the militant groups is increasing in the valley owing to the fact that the army is getting successful in almost all the missions.
Javed Mujtaba Gilani, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir said that these things are happening for a long time and it is definitely a matter of grave concern.
These things are happening due to the new and remarkably fascinating side of the militant groups a glimpse of which can be seen in the fan following of 21-year-old Hizbul commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.
The matter of concern is that the people are helping the militants at the cost of their lives. They consider it their duty to help out those people to escape so that security forces fail to nab them. This treacherous attitude of the people of valley towards security forces is really disappointing. Throwing stones at the army personnel has become a trend which gives an evidence of their dangerous mindset.
In the month of November almost 30,000 people gathered in Kulgam area to attend the funeral of Qasim, a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander and Udhampur attack mastermind.
The people of Kulgam even observed a shutdown for three successive days to protest the killing raising their voice of disapproval against the security forces.
In the words of a senior police officer, “It is a serious matter as the present generation is trapped by the glamourised version of militancy. Most of the youngsters have conceived that gun is the only way to continue the fight for freedom.
Qasim’s funeral somehow forced J&K police to alter their strategies of handing over the bodies of Pakistani militants to local residents for funerals, and regress attempts to burying them close to the Line of Control (LoC).
An advisory has also been issued by the police department requesting people to maintain a distance from encounter sites and at the same time state government has banned the congregation of civilians in a radius of two and-a-half kilometres of such sites.