Hizbul Mujahideen Posters Threatening Panchs And Sarpanchs

Hizbul Mujahideen Posters Threatening Panchs And Sarpanchs

25 October 2013
India Today
Shuja-ul-Haq

Srinagar: In what seems to be the return of the rein of terror for the panchs and sarpanchs in Kashmir, mysterious posters appeared in the Pulwama area of south Kashmir. The poster claimed to have been from the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. Written in Urdu language, the posters demanded that the political workers to stop their activities in the region. 'We request people to make the movement of Kashmir successful. There are some people who are acting as the agents for Govt of India. These people are weakening the movement for their gains. We warn them', read the poster. The poster had a direct threat to the panchs and sarpanchs of the area. Claiming that they were acting against the cause of the Kashmir movement, the message read, 'We warn the panchs and sarpanchs to immediately stop their work.' Though the posters have been taken off by the police now but this clearly has only gone ahead to add to the fear psychosis among locals. Bashir Ahmad, a local resident says, 'We saw these pasted around.' This is not the first time that such posters have come up with threats for panchs and sarpanchs. Earlier in 2012, several members of these panchayat bodies had tendered resignations following threats and attacks. The officials have said that the government will do everything possible to instill sense of security among the panchayat members. An official of police also said that they are verifying the veracity of these posters as many of such posters in past turned out to be just an act of miscreants.