Jammu and Kashmir police get threats from Hizbul Mujahideen
Once again Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Rashid Bhat has released a new video which has gone viral. But the message he conveys is grim: a warning to police to stay off families of the militants otherwise the militants will attack their families.
“This is a fight between you and us and you have involved our families. Don’t do this,” says Bhat in the video. “If we have families, you have families too. If you harass our families, we will not spare your families… Everybody has a family. You think your families are in Jammu so they are safe. Even if your families are in Kanyakumari, we have the capacity to kill them there”.
“You (security personnel) are making a big mistake by harassing our families,” says Bhat who was made Hizbul Mujahideen chief after the killing of the popular commander Burhan Wani. “Next time, think a thousand times before harassing our families. And if you still don’t stay off our families, you will find the bodies of policemen in every lane and bylane of Kashmir”.
Bhat further says that the militants are ready to overlook the police harassment of their families, thinking this is the “first and the last mistake,” but they would not tolerate it next time.
The new Hizb chief also has a warning for the “police informers”. He claims to have a list of them “received from the police in exchange for money”.
To lend some credence to his claim, Bhat focuses camera on his laptop where he seen to open some files titled “list of helpful persons/ informers with police station”.
He then gives them two choices: “ Either leave the Valley or apologize in the local mosques”.
This practice has paid off. Earlier in August, militants in North Kashmir Baramulla had announced the names of the alleged police and army informers on a mosque loudspeakers asking them to either own up and apologize for their mistakes or be ready to die. This was followed by the spectacle of the identified persons apologizing for their alleged mistakes in mosques.