Steps must be taken to prevent massive and multiple funerals of militants in the Valley
Srinagar: Youth, “who have an inclination towards militancy”, should be called to the police station concerned and directed to remain there until the burial of a militant is over, Jammu and Kashmir Police’s intelligence wing tells the state police.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Criminal Investigation Department (CID), in a report accessed by the Indian Express, has said that the funerals of militants have become a “fertile ground for recruiters” and has asked the Director General of Police S P Vaid to keep an eye on “potential recruits” living in the locality of a slain militant and keep them away from such funerals.
The report also said that those militants who offer gun salute at the funerals should be chased and killed. “Intelligence input should be generated about the exit routes of militants from such places and they should be chased and neutralised,” the report said.
The report also asked for making Imams and mosque management committees desist from delivering “charged/hateful speeches at funerals,” the report suggests.
“(The) local auqaf committee should be taken into confidence so that they may not allow the public address systems of masjid to be used for provocative speeches at the funerals”.
The CID tells the state police that steps must be taken to prevent massive and multiple funerals of militants in the Valley.
The report states, “(The) massive gatherings that are being witnessed in funerals of killed local militants post-2016 unrest is a serious concern which has to be addressed…. These gatherings romanticise and glamourise the terrorists and give boost to militancy.”
Citing many examples of young men who have joined militant ranks after attending the funeral of a slain militant, the report says that militants have been successful in glamourising militancy by appearing at such funerals and offering a gun salute, the media report said.
The report, prepared two months ago, states: “It has been noticed that soon after burial of killed local militant(s), one or two local boys, who have participated in their funerals, join militancy. By giving regular appearance at funerals to give gun salutes, or to put forth their point of view/ideology, active militants have been successful in glamourising subversive activities. The massive turnout at funerals of killed terrorists is an indicator of the radicalisation level.”
The report cites the massive funeral of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Qasim in south Kashmir in 2015 as an example and claims that five local youths joined the militant ranks after participating in the funeral.
“There has been considerable increase in the number of funeral prayers for killed militants in the Valley and gatherings thereof compared to previous years,” the report says.
The authorities no longer hand over the foreign militants’ dead bodies to the locals for burial and are buried mainly in Baramulla’s Guntmulla in north Kashmir.
Pertinently, police said that action will be taken against those who buried the Lashkar militant Abu Haris in Hajin in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Tuesday. Haris was injured on Monday during a brief gunfight in Hajin and succumbed to his injuries.