A "threat letter" -allegedly written by a militant outfit to Kashmiri Pandit families in central Kashmir, asking them to leave their homes- has been termed as "bogus" by the police and separatist leaders.
Nearly 500 Kashmiri Pandit families, living at Sheikhpora colony, had received the letter that had "warned the community to leave the Valley within a week, failing which they will face consequences (sic)".
The letter, allegedly sent by Jaish-e-Mohammad Mujahideen, had created panic in the community living in the Budgam district neighbourhood under a rehabilitation scheme for displaced Kashmiri Pandit families. Soon after, they approached separatist leaders, including hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani and moderate Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The two leaders assured of security to the community and described the letter as a tactic to "paint the Kashmiris' freedom struggle as a communal movement". The Mirwaiz assured a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits that they were a part of Kashmir and the majority community was morally responsible for their safety, a spokesperson said.
A police official also dismissed the letter as a "prank". "We have registered a case and are trying to find out who is responsible for the mischief," the official said.