Kashmir - “Nexus between stone-pelters, militants”

Jammu and Kashmir police claims that there exists a nexus between stone-pelters, militants, separatists and some government employees. “Police has unearthed a module that includes some government employees and Hurriyat cadres who in close liaison with militants are fomenting stone throwing in Sopore”, says Muneer Ahmad Khan, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), north Kashmir range, while addressing media.

The DIG on December 27 claimed that nexus was brought to fore after police arrested Firdous Ahmad Sheikh resident of Jalalabad. He added that a stone-pelter, Abdul Lateef Lone, resident of Radbough- Kupwara during questioning after his arrest said “Rs. 400 is being paid to every stone pelter on Friday”. The DIG further claimed that money that is being paid is raised locally by members of Hurriyat (G). “Maximum chunk of this money came from fruit mandi and saw mills”. Strongly refuting the claims, Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani on December 28 termed allegations as part of “conspiracy” to defame ‘peaceful struggle of Kashmiris’. “Kashmiris are emotionally attached to freedom cause and their purpose of life is to see the end of Indian occupation”, said the spokesman of amalgam.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman on December 19 said “There exists nexus between Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and other militant organization for pushing youth to resort to violence”. The spokesman added “arrests have also been made in this regard. The module used to instigate youth through various means and ways, particularly by distributing provocative literature and video clips”. Police claimed that the module was headed by Showkat Ahmad Dar alias Adnan alias Basharat resident of Banderpora in south Kashmirs’ Bijbehara, who is a “close associate of LeT commander Firdous Ahmad Peer alias Gowhar and HM Commander Javaid Ahmad Sheikh alias Seepani. He used to plan future strategy with other associates to intensify protests and stone pelting”. 

Police further claims that Dar together with one of his associate, Fayaz Talak, used to get directions from Nawaz Ahmad Lone affiliated with Hurriyat Conference (G) with respect to ‘ongoing agitation’. Police added that Muzaffar Ahmad Wani alias Bulbul resident of Awantipora was arrested on the information of another module of LeT that was active in Sangam and Naina area of Awantipora. “On questioning he disclosed that he together with his few associates is working for LeT directly under command of Abdul Rehman alias Noor resident of Pakistan”.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 15

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