Srinagar: The police have rounded up and questioned many people in Pulwama district over a video showing a group of young Hizbul Mujahideen militants playing and practicing arms apparently in an orchard.
Two people, including a reporter with a local daily, were questioned by the police today over the 80-second video showing Hizb’s divisional commander Burhaan Ahmad Wani and his associates cracking jokes with each other, even as some of them were busy in listening to inspirational songs of Jehad, a police officer told Kashmir Reader, wishing anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The reporter, hailing from Pulwama, was summoned to the police station Pulama and later shifted to Srinagar’s Rajbagh police station, where he was subjected to questioning over the origin of the video. The reporter was released after his phone was scanned by the cops.
Another youth, Ajaz Ahmad Sheikh, was picked up by a team of the police’s feared counter insurgency wing, Special Operations Group (SOG), from Rahmoo Pulwama and subjected to intense questioning.
Official sources said that many more youth are likely to be questioned to find those who have uploaded the video.
The video initially surfaced on messaging application ‘Whatsapp’ and later it went viral on the popular social networking websites Facebook and Twitter. Ex-cop, Naseer Ahmad Pandith, who fled with two AK-rifles from the house of a senior PDP minister to join militants, also figures in the video that has created ripples among the security establishment.
The questioning of youth from Pulwama comes two days after Kashmir inspector general of police SJM Gilani told a Srinagar-based news agency that investigations have been stepped up to ascertain the origin of this video.
“We will probe how, when and where it was uploaded on internet,” Gilani had said.