Threat letters purportedly written by militants have allegedly appeared in a village of south Kashmir threatening Panchayat representatives and asking them to resign.
Posters threatening people is nothing new in Kashmir and many such incidents for the past one year in south Kashmir have turned out to be a “mischief”. On the other hand, attacks on panches and sarpanches have been consistent in the Valley with five of them losing their lives to the bullets of unknown gunmen.
Reports said that posters with the name of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) signed by 'commander' Abdullah Mujahid, appeared in Aharipal village of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday. The posters asked village council members to resign from their elected posts or 'face consequences'. Written in Urdu, the warning asked locals to desist from working for Indian agencies, media reports said.
Police neither confirmed nor denied the incident. Superintendent of police in Pulwama, Amit Kumar, did not take calls from HT.
Though Panchayat representatives have been constantly demanding security cover after five of their colleagues were killed across valley in the past two years, but police have been dismissive of the possibility of threats by militants. Senior police officials maintain that if militants want to strike “they will do it and not issue posters”.
In February, three persons were arrested in Anantnag district who, police said, were posing as militants to threaten the sarpanch and panches of Dooru area in the district. The police had claimed of recovering a fake seal of militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jehad-Islami (HuJI) from the trio, besides threat posters. Police said that rivalry and mischief were the two main reasons for such incidents. Recently police came out with details of a panchayat representative from central Kashmir, who had faked an attack on himself claiming that he was shot-at by militants.