In a video message, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Rashid Bhat has claimed that they have a list of police informers. In another video message, he has warned that family members of policemen will be attacked “if they continue to harass” relatives of militants in the Valley. “The informers need not be too happy. They should know they are working for the police, and police give their names to us in exchange for money,” says Bhat in the video, which shows him opening some files on his laptop titled “list of helpful persons/ informers with police station”. “I have advice for you. Leave the Valley or apologise in the mosques,” he says.
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“You (police) have committed a big mistake by harassing our families, by involving our families,” he says in the second video. “This was a fight between us and you have involved families in it,” he says in Urdu. The video shows Bhat, a close associate of killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, holding a machine gun. “We are forgiving you, thinking that this is your first and last mistake,” he says. “We have families and you have families too. If you touch 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”.
In the one-and-a-half minute video, Bhat says: “Next time, think a thousand times before (attacking our families). And if you still do it, you will find the bodies of policemen in every lane and bylane of Kashmir.” A computer science student, Bhat became a militant four years ago, when he had come home on vacation. While his father is an engineer, his brother is a doctor and his sister is a bank official.