Sopore: Posters in Urdu issued by Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit have surfaced at several public places in north Kashmir’s Sopore area, warning people to not participate in elections.
The posters were found pasted on walls at several places in Arampora, Rahim Sahib, Muslim Peer, and Jamia Qadeem areas during recent days.
Following the appearance of these posters, a video clip was circulated on social media in which a young woman claimed that she was among 8 candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Sopore constituency but has now decided to withdraw her nomination. It is not confirmed whether she has officially withdrawn her nomination form. She refused to talk with this reporter.
Sopore Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Javid Iqbal told Kashmir Reader that announcing withdrawal of candidature on social media is a publicity stunt. “It would have been better if she had withdrawn her form from the election office,” he said. “We don’t have any information whether she has withdrawn her form or not, or whether she was even a candidate in the first place.”
The posters warn of attacks on polling stations. “We would not tolerate if those who lack conscience will vote for these Indian agencies or participate in their election,” the posters said.
The Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen has a limited presence in Kashmir Valley but some recent activity has indicated that the outfit may have plans to return to action.
“We saw these posters on Monday morning, pasted on a few walls and electric poles in our locality,” said an elderly shopkeeper in Armapora area of Sopore. He added, “Historically, Sopore has always stayed far away from any Indian election, so these posters were not needed. Seeing such posters is definitely scary for locals.”
SSP Javid Iqbal said that these posters did not surface on Monday but a few days ago, and that too in photostat format. He said that an FIR has been lodged and investigation started into who has put up these threatening posters.