Video surfaces of alleged Hizb militants beating Kashmiri police informers
A grim video surfaced in the Kashmir Valley on Friday, showing a group of alleged Hizbul Mujahideen gunmen assaulting two suspected police informers, giving them a rough haircut, and shoving one of the victim’s head into a bucket of water.
The dark and grainy seven-minute video starts with the Hizbul militant group’s name and insignia scrolled on it, and goes on to show a dark room in which a man in military camouflage clothing uses a pair of scissors to roughly trim the hair of a person squatting on the ground with folded hands.
A ticker running below shows: “Breaking news: Asalamualaikum: ye wo gaddar hai jo police mai SPO barti hone ke liye mujahideen ki khabar Hindustani kutton ko detey hai.”
(These are the traitors who join police to provide information about Mujahideen to Indian dogs.)
The camera then pans to another man whose hair was given a crooked cut by then, and a couple of men thrash him with sticks. At one point, the assaulters shove one of their victim’s head into a bucket of water and beat him.
The clip, probably shot with a mobile phone, doesn’t have pictures in large parts. The language spoken by the men seems Kashmiri, but was incomprehensible because of the poor audio quality.
The video was tagged as Tral, the south Kashmir hometown of slain Hijbul militant commander Burhan Wani whose death last July triggered a long public unrest in the Valley.
“I have not seen the video,” said Mohammad Zaid, the police superintendent of Awantipora under whose jurisdiction Tral falls.
Hindustan Times could not confirm independently the identity of the victims and the authenticity of the video, shared on WhatsApp messaging groups run on VPN software to dodge the government’s latest ban on social media in Kashmir.
Top Hizbul commander Zakir Rashid Bhat was seen in a video this March in which he accused Kashmiri policemen and their informers of committing “anti-Islamic acts” by “joining the evil”.
Friday’s assault clip follows a string of videos in April that purportedly showed human rights violations by security forces in Kashmir.
The government suspended high-speed internet and then blocked 22 social media websites and groups such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to stop the circulation of stirring videos in the troubled Valley.
But people have dodged the ban with technology such as VPN, which allows users to go incognito.