Rifle Snatching By Youth Is Concern: Army
“I have received the requests from the Sikh brethren to join the outfit. We will have exclusive outfit of Sikhs who are willing to avenge the killing of 12000 Sikhs in operation “Bluestar” in Punjab,”
With frequent incidents of rifle snatching by militants becoming increasingly a major concern for the security forces, the newly appointed Hizb Commander- Zakir Rashid Bhat set the rifle snatching main criteria for joining militant ranks.
In a video message on social networking website facebook, Zakir says all those who snatch the weapons from the government forces will be recruited in the militant outfit.
“Many of our brothers have taken the path of ‘jihad’ and joined our ranks by snatching weapons. All those brothers who want to join us, they should snatch weapons. We would welcome them with open arms,” says Zakir in his video message.
Interestingly, the message appears on facebook a day after when five rifles from the security guards, guarding TV tower in south Kashmir were snatched by the militants.
He says the people from minority like Sikhs are his brothers.
“I have received the requests from the Sikh brethren to join the outfit. We will have exclusive outfit of Sikhs who are willing to avenge the killing of 12000 Sikhs in operation “Bluestar” in Punjab,” he says in a military fatigue while toying with a hand grenade.
He urged Pandits also to return back to their homes.
“Our Kashmiri Pandit brothers should return to their homes. We take responsibility of their safety. They should look at those Pandits who never left Kashmir and have not faced any problems here at all,” he says.
After the killing of Burhan which set the valley on fire, the outfit appointed a civil engineering student as divisional commander of the outfit. Zakir was believed to be the close ally of Burhan.
Meanwhile, the army is expressing serious concern over the incidents of rifle snatching across valley.
Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen Satish Dua in a media interaction today said that rifle-snatching were a cause of concern for the army.
He said the army is closely working with the Jammu and Kashmir Police to bring normalcy in the state.
He said that there was no trust deficit between the army and the local youth. He was referring to a humanely attitude of some youth in Lasjan last week when they rescued the army person during an accident.