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Kashmir drivers warned against lending taxis to troops

Posters bearing a picture of south Kashmir's Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani have warned taxi drivers and owners not to rent out vehicles to security forces in Pulwama district.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2015 22:45 IST
Toufiq Rashid

Posters bearing a picture of south Kashmir's Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani have warned taxi drivers and owners not to rent out vehicles to security forces in Pulwama district.

The hand-written posters have warned the taxi drivers of dire consequences if the diktat was not followed.

While threat posters from the banned militant groups keep surfacing in different parts of the Valley, it's for the first time that the posters have a face and a signature of the militant issuing the threat.Wani, who has become the new face of militancy in Kashmir on the virtual world, has a bounty of `10 lakh on his head.

Last month, youths in old city Srinagar raised Wani's posters along with the flags of ISIS and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) near Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta, after Friday prayers.

Wani started using social media at the age of 16. Pictures of him in full army gear and carrying guns went viral many years ago. He has released many video and audio messages, seeking youths' support for the "cause" of independence and separatism.

Those who know Wani say an assault by the security forces on his brother Khalid led him (Wani) to join militancy.

"Some cops had stopped the two brothers (then teenagers) to buy cigarettes. Just to derive some pleasure, one of them pounced on Khalid, calling him a dreaded militant. The shock had left Khalid, a teenager, unconscious on ground," a source close to the family said.

It was then that Burhan, a studious boy and a budding cricketer, changed his path. Son of a school principal from Tral's Shareefabad area in South Kashmir, he is one of the first in a new breed of educated militants coming up in Kashmir.

Khalid was killed, allegedly by the security forces, earlier this year when he had gone to meet his brother in the south Kashmir forests.