Connect with us


Militant Funeral in Kashmir May Be Restricted To Family Members Only



The Indian Army may restrict the number of people attending the funeral of militants in the Kashmir valley because it has the potential to emotionally charge young, vulnerable minds and may become a hotbed for terror recruitment.

2018 Was The Bloodiest Year in Kashmir; Comparable to 1989-90 Situation

According to the sources, efforts are being made to increase the deployment of security forces in and around the area where a slain militant belongs, and ensure that proper blockades are set up to check the size of the gathering.

In south Kashmir, where most local militants reportedly belong, surveillance will also be maintained around orchards, which people often use to take detours.

The primary idea behind the exercise is to preclude the possibility of large crowds joining the funerals, as they do now. It is also meant to choke the movement of militants, who are known to arrive at these funerals with guns to extol the “sacrifice”.

Meet the Informer, the “Mukhbir” Behind the Killing of Burhan Wani and Other Kashmiri Militants

In the past, top militants, including those identified as most dangerous (A++), have appeared at the Janazas of militants with assault rifles to offer “gun salutes”.

The restrictions were in place this Sunday at the funeral of Al Badr member Zeenat-ul-Islam, one of the Valley’s three most-wanted militants, at Sugan village in Shopian. However, they triggered clashes between security personnel and locals as mourners tried to forcibly join the Janaza by breaking down the barriers. Eleven people were injured in the clashes.

Since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on 8 July 2016, terror handlers and recruiters have allegedly begun tapping Janazas for recruitment. The death of Wani, who is credited with ushering in the era of the social-media-savvy militant in Kashmir, had triggered a wave of unrest in the Valley, with scores turning out to protest against his killing. The recruiters are said to fuel the sentiment of resentment triggered by the killings, and glorify the deaths as martyrdom, much to the consternation of local families.

“These Janazas tend to glorify the death of a terrorist,” said a source. “The slain terrorists are projected as martyrs. The slogan-shouting and emotions are a deadly combination. Many youngsters who take part in these professions tend to get mesmerised by this hero worship and even think that such death is a glory.”

“The presence of popular terrorists adds to the frenzy,” a source added. According to the source, many youngsters actually volunteer to join the terror groups at these Janazas, with some even leaving along with the militants.

“A few days later, the families themselves approach us, saying that their boy wants to come back,” said the source. “We have been instrumental in bringing back many of these youngsters.

“When the emotions dry up and they face reality, they understand that it is no glory at all,” said another source.

It was with a similar aim that the security establishment held discussions last year on whether to cease handing over the bodies of slain militants and bury them instead in the presence of their families. However, the plan was shot down. It was decided that it would be better to impose restrictions in a manner that does not escalate the situation further.

More News at EurAsian Times




US-Drone-Strike US-Drone-Strike
Americas4 hours ago

US Looks To Replace Its Deadly MQ-9 Reaper Drones & Northrop Unveils A New ‘Breakthrough’ Concept

As the U.S. Air Force seeks a replacement for the MQ-9 Reaper drone, US defense giants Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman...

People's Liberation Army People's Liberation Army
Asia Pacific5 hours ago

Why China Again Wants To Seize ‘Despang Plains’ Just Like The 1962 India-China War?

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be actually eyeing the Depsang plains while creating a diversion in Pangong Tso...

Moon-Space-Station Moon-Space-Station
Americas5 hours ago

WATCH: US Secretive Spaceplane That Was Dubbed To ‘Spy On China’s 1st Space Station’

A video of the US’ veiled spaceplane X-37B was posted by a twitter user showing the plane’s cargo bay doors...

Indian-Air-Force Indian-Air-Force
Asia Pacific6 hours ago

China Prepares For A Possible Invasion By Indian Air Force Jets Led By Su-30 MKIs & Rafales

Bracing itself for an aerial attack by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on its airbases, China has reportedly begun planning...

Asia Pacific17 hours ago

China Says PLA Drills Not Warning, But Rehearsal For Taiwan Takeover

Tensions between China and Taiwan have dangerously deteriorated as Beijing has vowed to merge the 'renegade province' at any cost....

Maldives Maldives
Asia Pacific21 hours ago

Maldives Could Relinquish Control Of An Island As Chinese Loan & Pressure Mounts?

The Maldives government is now alarmed at the amount of debt it owes to China. With the coronavirus pandemic, the...

j20-vs-tejas j20-vs-tejas
Expert Reviews22 hours ago

Chinese J-20s Outgun Rafale Jets In Simulation Drills But What Will Happen In A Real-Life Air Battle?

China has been trying to intimidate India with its fifth-generation, stealth, J-20 fighter jets with the indigenously produced warplanes shooting...

World-Economic-Forum World-Economic-Forum
Featured23 hours ago

India-China Cyber War: China Second Most Powerful Cyber-Power & India Could Face The Chinese Brunt

As India and China are engaged in prolonged border tensions, India is boosting its capability to deal with cyber-attacks given...

china-detention-camps china-detention-camps
Asia Pacific23 hours ago

China Releases White Paper To Explain Its Commitment Towards Xinjiang & Uighur Muslims

Many Uighurs – around 1 million to 1.6 million, according to the World Uyghur Congress – have left China to...

Asia Pacific1 day ago

China Confirms PLA Soldiers Were Killed In Galwan Valley Clash; Claims India Suffered More

China has finally admitted that its soldiers indeed suffered casualties in the barbaric India-China border clash in Galwan Valley. The...