By Mohammad Basit
SRINAGAR: A fresh video of showing a group of 12 heavily armed militants has gone viral on social networking sites. The group purportedly of Hizbul Mujahideen has earned the name `Burhan Brigade’ because all the group members have named themselves after Burhan Wani, the 22 year old Hizbul Mujahideen, who was killed by Indian security forces in an operation in Bamdoora village of Kokernag in South Kashmir on July 8.
Following the killing a wave of turbulence has engulfed Kashmir valley in which 56 civilians have been killed so far in forces’ action while as around 5000 people have been injured. Many injured have lost vision because of injuries suffered by pellets fired by the Police and CRPF.
According to the description available with the video on Facebook, the group is moving through a place called Kotli in Pakistan administered Kashmir and is believed to be moving towards Line of Control (LoC). Kashmir Reader has accessed the fresh video in which 12 militants can be seen marching and waving to the camera.
Militant group Hizbul Mujahideen has already announced formation of Burhan Brigade after killing of their commander.
After the killing of Burhan Wani, the law and order situation in valley has been tense due to protests and curfew. In the video, militants can be seen with automatic weapons including LMG (Light Machine Guns), AK 47’s and shoulder bags. The militants can be seen chanting slogans like,” Kitne Burhan maro gai, har ghar se Burhan nikle ga (How many Burhans you will kill? Every house here will have a Burhan)”
It clearly indicates that the video was shot after Burhan was killed.
Indian security agencies said seven infiltration bids on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir had been foiled after the killing of Burhan Wani. The Indian government admitted yesterday that as many as 30 youths have joined various militant groups up to July this year.
This was stated by Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir, in Rajya Sabha while replying to a question asking whether a ” new age militancy” was on the rise in Kashmir in which educated young men were taking up arms for the first time since 1990.
In his reply, Ahir said as per reports, the number of youths who joined militant ranks during 2015 and up to July 2016 stood at 83 and 30 respectively. However, no reports about “exfiltration” of educated youths for obtaining arms training across the border have been received for the past few years, he said.