Srinagar, August 7: Jarring posters, attributed to the Lashkar-e-Islam, appeared in Pulwama district of south Kashmir asking the Kashmiri Pandits living in the transit camps to leave the Valley. The posters have openly threatened the Kashmiri Pandits of targeted killings if they did not leave.
At present, the police are investigating if these posters are authentic because by and large the posters are being suspected to be handiwork of miscreants.
The Lashkar-e-Islam was in news last year for attacks on the telecom sector in Kashmir. A few unsigned posters of the group were found pasted around the migrant Pandit colony at Haal in Pulwama.
SP Pulwama, Rayees Mohammad Bhat told media persons, “We have begun investigation, but it looks the handiwork of miscreants.” According to the SP, Lashkar-e-Islam exists in north Kashmir and has no base in South Kashmir.
“All migrants/RSS agents leave or face death. No space for Kashmir Pandits who want another Israel in Kashmir to kill Kashmiri Muslims. Double/triple your security, be ready for target killing. You will die,” read an unsigned poster of the outfit.
Four posters were found around the Haal migrant camp where nearly 70 migrant families live but at present have already shifted to Jammu following massive protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
The Pandits had reportedly moved after stone pelting incidents targeting the Haal Camp itself.
The police later claimed that the target was not the colony but the CRPF picket manning the enclave.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Munir-ul-Islam said the posters did not look authentic.
A leader of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference said: “We have a clear stand on the Kashmiri Pandits and no one can threaten them as they are our brothers. The poster is the handiwork of Indian agencies to defame the present movement that has unnerved India.”