‘Lashkar-e-Islam’ posters surface in Baramullah Call telecom businessmen to shut forthwith

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Baramullah: Posters of a little known militant outfit, Lashkar-e-Islam, have surfaced in Baramullah in north Kashmir, asking people dealing with telecommunication business to shut their operation forthwith.

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“By this poster, we give first and last warning to the telecommunication people bring down towers, close all service networking, marketing, SIM or lopo distribution or recharge business,” reads the posters which surfaced in Sopore area of Baramullah. The outfit has claimed the communication system has resulted into damages with many of its commanders either killed or arrested by forces.

Meanwhile all the outlets of cellular companies in Sopore in the district remained closed on fifteenth day after unknown pistol borne masked men simultaneously raided Bharti Airtel, Aircel and Vodafone outlets in the town.

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However a police official while confirming the appearance of posters said that they have launched investigations in this regard.

Reports reveal that these masked men threatened the staff of all these three cellular companies after a “Hi-tech Communication Device” (HCD) which they had reportedly installed on a tower of a company near Badambagh Sopore town went missing.

Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmir Gareeb Das while confirming the raid of the armed men on the cellular stores said that police was investigating the matter and trying to find out who these people were and what their intent was. “The initial investigation has suggested that the pistol borne men were speaking Kashmiri and they were locals. We fail to understand how they managed to install an HCD on a mobile tower and the involvement of any employee of the cellular company in their act can’t be ruled out,” DIG said