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.

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.


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