Srinagar: The government’s security agencies in Kashmir are examining a new video claimed to have been issued by militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Mujahideeen (TuM). The video has been circulating on social media since last week.
A militant, believed to be a fresh recruit, is seen sitting behind a camouflage assault rifle, wearing army fatigues and making threats to police and their ‘sources’. “We know everything about you and we will strike back against you,” the militant warns.
The security establishment has developed apprehensions that this may be an attempt to revive the militant group TuM, which remained active for a few years after it was formed in 1990 by militant commander Yunus Khan with the help of another militant Sajjad Mir. Khan was killed a year later in an encounter.
The TuM, which draws its ideological base mostly from Ahl-e-Hadith traditions as does the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), has, according to sources, recently recruited two youths in Pulwama. “They are making attempts to recruit more youth in their ranks,” a security official said.
The video’s authenticity is yet to be ascertained. The militant who features in it speaks both in Kashmiri and Urdu in his address.
Meanwhile, another video has surfaced on social media in which a masked youth makes an appeal to Lashkar-e-Toiba’s (LeT) top militant commander Abu Dujana for arms and ammunition.
“I have many friends who want to join militancy, but we are facing dearth of ammunition,” the youth pleads.
In the five-minute-long video, the youth points out that an average Kashmiri militant has only an AK 47 gun and few rounds of ammunition and some grenades to fight.
“I am urging Abu Dujana to send 10-15 boys from Pakistan who know how to make weapons such as rocket launcher, mortar shells, and who have live machine guns,” he says.
The youth says that if Abu Dujana checks on YouTube, he can see what weapons Afghan militant outfits like Al-Qaeda and Taliban used to defeat Americans. “If these weapons reach Kashmir, we can also put up a fight against the state and target army installations in Kashmir,” he says.
The youth also urges people to boycott the upcoming polls.