Anantnag: Militants have threatened to kill girl students and burn their houses in case they ‘participated and danced’ at the functions held on January 26, here in the southern part of the Valley.
The threat came through a video the militants released over social media, in which the headmaster of a girls’ higher secondary school in Pulwama district can be seen being reprimanded for allegedly forcing girls at the school to attend the function.
The 2-minute-42-second video has been widely circulated over social media, particularly via the instant messaging application, WhatsApp.
Police sources said that the principal has been identified as Ghulam Mohiuddin, a resident of Pinglen village in Pulwama.
Mohiuddin is the Principal of Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School in main town Pulwama.
In the video, the militants can be heard chastising the principal for forcing girl students to take part in the January 26 functions.
“I am not forcing anyone. I have orders from the higher-ups both written and verbal, and I am only executing the orders,” Mohiuddin can be seen telling the militants, who are not visible in the video.
The militants then ask the Principal to apologise to the people and appeal to the girl students not to attend such functions.
“We have come to know there is a dance teacher making girls rehearse for the function at your school. Ask her to leave as well or she will face the consequences,” the militants can be heard saying.
After Mohiuddin apologises and appeals to all the girl students not to attend the function, the militants then issue threats, saying that they will kill anyone who participates in these functions.
“We have our men in the police who will identify the girls and inform us about them. We will kill them and burn down their houses,” the militants can be heard saying, adding that they were not able to move on January 26, but participants in the day’s programmes will be dealt with soon after the situation eases off.
Pulwama Senior superintendent of police Chaudhary Muhammad Aslam told Kashmir Reader that the police have taken cognizance of the video.
“A case has been filed, and we are trying to identify the people behind this. They are militants, most probably. In case they happen to be some other miscreants, they will be identified and nabbed soon,” Aslam said.