Mysterious Posters Come Up With 'hit List' In Kashmir

Mysterious Posters Come Up With 'hit List' In Kashmir

15 May 2012
The Hindustan Times
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Mysterious posters, supposedly pasted by the militant outfits of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), have sent the security forces into tizzy in north Kashmir. Two youth have been picked up as part of the investigations to unravel truth behind the alleged militant 'hit list'. 'Four posters in Urdu were pasted in different localities in Pattan (north Kashmir). The posters do not have signatures but are typical tanzeemy (ordinary hand written posters) and are not written on a letter pad,' Baramulla senior superintendent of police Anand Jain told the Hindustan Times. The militant posters warn of killing 'informers' and 'collaborators' of Baramulla district's Pattan area, 30 km away from Srinagar. The militant 'hit list' with 13 people, including a woman, has been issued by self-styled district commander by Abu Talha and Pattan tehsil commander Javid Khan. Extolling on 'sacrifices' made by people for 'Kashmir struggle', the poster reads: 'Some people are collaborating with security forces. They have not mended their ways despite warnings in the past. Now get ready for dire consequences,' reads a poster adding 'Jihad in Kashmir will continue till their goal is achieved'. The police have zeroed in on two youth as part of its investigation. 'Nothing conclusive has come up. Investigations are on,' said Jain. The Hindustan Times was first to report in April about mysterious posters being pasted in south Kashmir's Pulwama district. Around 30 villages in Pulwama district is witnessing a constant campaign against panchs and sarpanchs through purported LeT posters pasted on electric poles, mosques' walls and houses of the panches and sarpanches. 'I have stopped going to my house. My other colleagues do not venture after the sunset. Our families are worried for our lives and stay awake all night, fearing attack. Over a dozen panches has received such letters,' said Ghulam Hassan Malik, a sarpanch from Panznean village in Pulwama district. These posters ask them to resign from their posts publicly. Seven panchs and sarpanchs were killed since last year, around 100 have already resigned, giving in to different pressures. 'The government never showed seriousness in these cases. There is no assurance of security,' said Shahnawaz, a sarpanch from Budgam district. Around 35,000 panches and sarpanches were elected last year's polls, held after a gap of 30 years. The police do not rule out possibility of mischief and rivalry in such incidents of threats through posters. 'We cannot rule out local rivalry,' said Sopore senior superintendent of police Imtiyaz Hussain, an old hand in anti-insurgency operations. Leaving nothing to chance, inspector general of police SM Sahai has promised security to those people whose names have surfaced in the Pattan posters.