Army and Police have jointly sped their efforts to nab the ‘most dreaded militants’ allegedly operating in South Kashmir and for this purpose government forces have pasted scores of posters at different places in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, portraying the active militants of Lashkar, Jaish, and Hizb as dacoits and murderers asking people to inform police about their whereabouts.
The posters read: “Anyone who help police in tracing these thieves and dacoits would be given a government job and cash reward.” These posters appeared in different parts of Pulwama town including Chakoora and Litter.
The five ‘dreaded militants’ whose names have been mentioned in the posters include Showkat Ahmed Tak, Irshad Ahmed Ganaie, Bilal Molvi, Sajad Bhat and a foreigner Qasim Bhai.
Director General of Police Ashok Prasad told a local news gathering agency that few militants including Qasim Bhai are involved in different militancy related activities and police is on job to track and crack them down. “Once we neutralize Qasim, we believe that militancy would almost come to an end in South Kashmir,” Prasad said.
A police official said that Qasim Bhai and others are active in South Kashmir: “Once we neutralize them especially Qasim, the violence graph will come down considerably.”
“Qasim Bhai is the master mind of several attacks that militants carried out on security forces. Hyderpora deadly attack was his brain child and on his instructions, militants attack a Road Opening Party of CRPF near Pohru chowk in Nowgam killing two jawans including an Assistant Sub-Inspector,” he said.
It has been confirmed that one militant Irshad Ganaie whose name figures in the posters participated in Hyderpora attack in which 9 Army men were killed while 13 were injured.
“The posters that we have pasted on walls, poles and at other places have started showing positive signs and we are hopeful that people would cooperate in getting these militants arrested,” a police official, said adding that at least this strategy will restrict the movement of militants.