A few days after a photograph of militants in camouflage dress and holding guns went viral on social networking sites, a video showing militants patrolling like Army men has appeared on Facebook. The social networking site has also seen a sudden spurt in pages eulogising the militants.
The video, apparently shot by a militant on a cell phone, shows a group of militants joking with each other while some others play with mobile phones. The militants in the video are same as that were in the photograph that went viral recently.
The J&K police sees this as an attempt to glamourise the militancy in Kashmir.
“The militants rarely expose their face in guerilla warfare. But this seems to be a deliberate attempt by them,” said a senior police officer. “It seems they want to glamourise the militancy so as to attract more youths towards them”, he added.
The “glamourisation” started two years ago when photos of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Muzaffar Wani, in combat dress and holding two Kalashnikov rifles, appeared on Facebook. Burhan, then a teenager, immediately became the poster boy of Kashmir’s modern militancy.
“It seems to be part of a psychological warfare. At a time when the militant presence on the ground is very little, they are making their presence felt in the virtual world,” said an official. Some pages have been created in the name of militants active in south Kashmir and are drawing many ‘likes’.