‘Glamourised’ militant funerals draw youth to ‘militancy’, police must crack down, says Intel

Funeral of Sheeraz Ahmad, an LeT militant, in his native area of Awantipora on June 22, 2017. (FPK Photo/Vikar Syed)

“(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,” The Indian Express quoted a report sent by IGP, CID, to DGP SP Vaid as saying.

The report also said that one or two local boys in the Valley join militancy after participating in the funerals of militants.

Even though funerals of militants has drawn large crowds in the state, around 1,500 people had gathered in Tral earlier in February in the funeral procession of Lance Naik Mohammed Iqbal Sheikh and his father.

The reports further 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”.

Thousands of people participated in the funeral of slain Hizb ul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, on May 28, 2017 in Tral, Pulwama. (FPK Photo/Vikar Syed)

“When foreign terrorist Abu Qasim was killed in October 2015, multiple funerals were offered. Almost 20,000 people participated in his funeral and some militants also gave gun salute”.

“After the killing of Abu Qasim, it was decided to bury killed foreign militants in north Kashmir in order to avoid major law and order problems,” the report mentions the police’s confidential communiqué.

“After the killing of militant/militants, active militants give a gun salute… the miscreants consider it as an act of bravery and this works as an impetus for the local youth to join militancy,” it states. “Intelligence input should be generated about the exit routes of militants from such places and they should be chased and neutralized,” report quotes the police’s confidential communiqué.

“(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,” report further quotes the police’s confidential communiqué.


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