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Get shrouds along with panchayat poll forms, Hizbul warns Jammu and Kashmir aspirants

Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen issued a strong warning to those planning to participate in the local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir

india Updated: Aug 29, 2018 17:49 IST
Mir Ehsan
Mir Ehsan
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Paramilitary soldiers stand guard inside a polling station in Chadoora, in Budgam district some 25 kms from Srinagar.
Paramilitary soldiers stand guard inside a polling station in Chadoora, in Budgam district some 25 kms from Srinagar.(HT File Photo)
         

As the Centre and the state government prepare for holding the panchayat and local body elections in Jammu & Kashmir, militant outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen on Wednesday issued a strong warning to those planning to participate in the polls, asking them to get shrouds along with the elections forms.

Though militants had already been issuing warnings to people interested in participating in panchayat and local body elections, however, on Wednesday, the outfit has directly said that participants will be killed.

In an audio message released by Hizbul Mujahideen, its operational commander Riyaz Naikoo, who is based in south Kashmir, alleged that Indian forces have started harassing innocent people as they are prepare for holding the panchayat elections. “Those people who are thinking about participating in the polls... They along with election forms should also get shrouds,’’ he warned.

Read: 4 cops killed by militants in Kashmir after Hizbul commander gunned down

He said the militants have already got acid and those taking part in elections should remain prepare for that. Naikoo had earlier also warned political workers and others about participating in the elections, saying those who will take part will be blinded by pouring acid in their eyes so they will become burden on their families.

“We are not afraid of forces, what we have to do, we will do that,’’ he said adding that army used to lay an ambush outside the house of Shameema Bano of Koil, Pulwama who was involved in leaking information about militant Sameer Tiger to protect her . “But how long did the forces manage to protect her,’’ he asked, referring to her being shot dead earlier in August.

Naikoo said that militants can kill anybody at any place. “We don’t have personal animosity with anybody, but the people who will work against our struggle or sacrifice will be punished.’’

He also criticized media for not properly highlighting, what he called, the atrocities of forces and blamed them for working with media agencies. “The news portraying militants in negative aspect gets prominence while houses of militants and other people which get ransacked find very small space in the inner pages.’’

The latest threat came at a time when government preparation for holding elections is in the final stages. The police have already deputed more than 16,000 central paramilitary force personnel, who were here for the Amarnath Yatra and asked to stay back, in various districts of the Kashmir Valley for the panchyat elections.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 17:49 IST

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