Resign In 4 Days Or Be Killed: Hizbul Mujahideen Warns Security Personnel In Jammu And Kashmir

| September 19 , 2018 , 12:54 IST

Terror group Hizbul Mujahideen in a video that has gone viral since Tuesday has threatened security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir to either resign within 4 days or 'get ready to be killed'.

The video, released a day after an Army jawan was shot dead by the Hizbul, depicts a collage of images of Jammu and Kashmir police. The threat comes in the voice of a man, believed to be a local commander, speaking in Kashmiri language and warning both paramilitary and local police to submit their resignations or 'face the consequences.

"Upload your resignations on the internet or face the consequences," the local head of Umar Majeed group, an offshoot of Hizbul Mujahideen, is heard saying.

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According to security officials, posters carrying similar threats have come up in many villages.

"The threat issued through small videos and posters doesn't appear to be very serious, but definitely has potential to cause serious concerns," a senior Home Ministry said to NDTV.

The Army jawan killed by Hizbul terrorists on Monday, territorial army soldier Lance Naik Mukhtar Ahmad Malik had returned to his home in south Kashmir's Kulgam to attend his son's funeral when gunmen barged into his home in Shurat village and shot him.

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In the past one, several off-duty security personnel have been killed in their homes in south Kashmir, which is heavily affected by terrorism. Since June, 33 security officials, 63 terrorists and 16 civilians have been killed.

On July 8, the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group released several photos of its alleged new recruits, including a younger brother of an IPS officer, on the occasion of the death anniversary of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani who was killed two years ago.

At least 50 youths have reportedly joined militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir. Due to the increase in locals joining militancy, the government has been taking initiatives to involve youth in other activities such as sports. The government has also come up with rehabilitation protocols for youths who decide to reject militancy.