J&K Police told to crack down on big militant funerals

Intelligence wing says this will help curb fresh recruitment into militant ranks since ‘glamourised funerals romanticise and boost terror and terrorists’.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: February 27, 2018 4:59 am
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Citing “glamourised funerals” of militants as a reason for recruitment of local youths into militancy, Jammu and Kashmir Police’s intelligence wing has asked the state police to take steps to prevent “massive and multiple” funerals of militants in the Valley.

“The funerals of killed militants have become a fertile ground for recruiters,” reads a confidential report sent by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), to Director General of Police S P Vaid.

The report states, “(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.”

Citing many examples of young men who have joined militant ranks after attending the funeral of a slain militant, the report says that militants have been successful in glamourising militancy by appearing at such funerals and offering gun salute.

The report, prepared two months ago, 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.”

The report calls for keeping an eye on potential recruits living in the locality of the slain militant and the need to keep them away from such funerals. These youths, “who have inclination towards militancy”, should be called to the police station concerned and directed to remain there until the burial is over, the report suggests. “The process should be initiated while the encounter is going on.”

The report mentions that after the massive funeral of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Qasim in South Kashmir in 2015, five local youths joined the militant ranks.

“There has been considerable increase in the number of funeral prayers for killed militants in the Valley and gatherings thereof compared to previous years,” the report says. “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 points out.

The report has suggested several measures to prevent such big funerals, gun salutes by other militants at these funerals, and to prevent recruitment of fresh militants.

“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 neutralised.”

The report has also asked for making local religious preachers and mosque management committees accountable. “Local imams should be made accountable so that they desist from delivering charged/hateful speeches at funerals,” the report suggests. “(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.”

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    Afzal Ahmad Khan
    Feb 27, 2018 at 10:03 pm
    It appears that Mr. The Void is totally void of etiquette, brain and our history otherwise he would have not written such absurd thing in such a filthy language. It’s my humble request and even suggestion not only to him but even to other comment writers that they should first read what the greatest exponent of Hinduism Swami Vivekananda regarding the conversion to Islam in India in the “Compilation of Works of Swami Vivekananda volume 6”. Naturally none of these writers are more knowledgeable than Swami Vivekananda. Instead of solving, writing ic things without knowing the facts will further aggravate the problem. It is also requested that they should atleast present themselves like a literate person irrespective of the reality which is best known to them only.
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      Ravi Sethi
      Feb 27, 2018 at 9:30 pm
      Firstly, militants bodies should not be handed over and in case it is handed over it should be used as an opportunity to lay trap for other militants. GOI needs to be very strong with Militants/extremism. Always remember Pakistan succeeds in bleeding us due to the presence of these elements. Also remember, the ability of Pakistan to hurt us and China to contain us is essentially because of these elements. Therefore, they are bigger threat than Pakistan and China.
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        Afzal Ahmad Khan
        Feb 27, 2018 at 9:16 pm
        No problem in the history of world has ever been solved by the might of forces. Former USSR, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, British Empires, Palestine etc are burning examples. The first step the govt can do is, to lift AFSPA from the state except from the areas around LOC to develop confidence of the local citizens in our governance as already suggested by various commissions and committees. Let's take lesson from history, look to the local grievances and try to find amicable solution under Article 370 of our cons ution and mutually agreed draft at the time of annexation of J K to India. Because even after more than 25 years of enforcement of AFSPA backed by more than five lacs army personnel in the state spending enormous money, we have gained nothing except violence destruction which is a big national loss. Let's face the reality, not deceive ourselves and drain our resources in J K without any gain which otherwise could have been used in other developmental works in the country
        1. The Void
          Feb 27, 2018 at 1:14 pm
          CONVERTS MUST REALIZE AND QUESTION that when those mugal terrorists attacked India they did not come with women, all were fighting army, then from where they got women to rape, to breed??............. Of course answer is those poor and defenseless Hindus whose males were murdered by those terrorists and women taken as secx slaves, these captured women were used as slaves to breed muslim children............ SADLY those children still call themselves muslims,,, without realizing those HORRIFYING details behind their Brutal Conversion History.......... Go through the Brutal Conversion History from PAKISTAN TO INDIA TO BANGLADESH at least once, it will make you feel DUMB, SICK AND GUILTY when you will realize that in ignorance you people defend and praise murderers of your own fathers, rapists of your own mothers....... And if you dont feel guilty and sick, then you are a CONVERTED COWARD who is STILL a mugal slave. PS: How do you people even relate yourself to those "FOREIGN" attackers?
          1. The Void
            Feb 27, 2018 at 1:13 pm
            HISTORY OF CONVERTED COWARDS-------------- What do you see when you see any muslim in streets, market, or on TV, in Movie?? Is it a muslim? Or a CONVERTED COWARD? a MUGAL SLAVE?.............. Its a scene of absolute pity when you see converts following customs of islamic cult............SAUDI ARABIA says converts from pakistan to India to bangladesh follow our customs and try to look like us but in reality they are our slaves, who were brutalized and converted by us in the past..................... When MUGAL TERRORISTS attacked India, these cowards instead of fighting them, bent knees and accepted their islamic cult, those terrorists killed many of them, took their women, but STILL these spineless people couldnt gather courage to fight back................. This FEAR PENETRATED THEIR DNAs so deep, that they are STILL fearful of returning to their original religion, and still follow customs imposed by the SAME mugal terrorists who beat, killed and raped them to convert!! Its SHAMEFUL!!
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