Now, army says waving of ISIS flag ‘stray incident’

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: A day after Indian army’s top official in Kashmir termed waving of flag of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Valley as a matter of concern, another senior army officer Thursday said it was just a stray incident which was hyped by the media.
“Media picked up it in a big way. Waving of ISIS flag is a matter of concern. But if it’s a stray incident out of anger, then it will represent anybody,” Maj Gen Ajay Das, General Officer Commanding, Sub Area, told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
On Wednesday, GoC of the army’s 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha sought the highest attention of security agencies to thwart any attempt of Valley’s youth being lured into the ISIS.
But Gen Das sought to disagree with Gen Saha. He said, “There are no further inputs about ISIS except for waving of the flags. We haven’t found any indicators of ISIS on ground here.”
A masked protestor reportedly waved an ISIS flag in downtown Srinagar after Eid prayers this month. A similar incident was reported in July.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has already rebutted the reports of ISIS presence in the Valley and termed waving of ISIS flags as a handiwork of “idiots”. He had blamed media for trying to blow the issue out of proportion.