SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police’s intelligence wing has urged steps to be taken to prevent “massive and multiple” funerals of militants in the Valley, because they are attracting local youths to militancy.
The Indian Express reported on Tuesday that a confidential report sent by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), to Director General of Police SP Vaid says, “(The) massive gatherings that are being witnessed in funerals of killed local militants post-2016 unrest is a serious concern which has to be addressed…. These gatherings romanticise and glamourise the terrorists and give boost to militancy.”
The report, IE said, was prepared two months ago.
“It has been noticed that soon after burial of killed local militant(s), one or two local boys, who have participated in their funerals, join militancy. By giving regular appearance at funerals to give gun salutes, or to put forth their point of view/ideology, active militants have been successful in glamourising subversive activities. The massive turnout at funerals of killed terrorists is an indicator of the radicalisation level,” the CID report says.
The report calls for keeping an eye on potential recruits living in the locality of the slain militant, and the need to keep them away from such funerals. These youths, “who have inclination towards militancy”, should be called to the police station concerned and directed to remain there until the burial is over,” the report suggests. “The process should be initiated while the encounter is going on,” it adds.
“There has been considerable increase in the number of funeral prayers for killed militants in the Valley and gatherings thereof compared to previous years,” the report says. “When foreign terrorist Abu Qasim was killed in October 2015, multiple funerals were offered. Almost 20,000 people participated in his funeral and some militants also gave gun salute,” the newspaper quotes the report.
“After the killing of Abu Qasim, it was decided to bury killed foreign militants in north Kashmir in order to avoid major law and order problems,” the report has pointed out.
The report has suggested several measures to prevent such big funerals. One of them is: “Intelligence input should be generated about the exit routes of militants from such places and they should be chased and neutralised.”
Another suggestion made by the CID is that “Local imams should be made accountable so that they desist from delivering charged/hateful speeches at funerals. (The) local auqaf committee should be taken into confidence so that they may not allow the public address systems of masjid to be used for provocative speeches at the funerals.”