Warning Posters Appear in Other Parts of Valley

SRINAGAR: Purported Lashkar-e-Islam posters asking people dealing with telecommunication business to shut their operation forthwith have surfaced in other parts of Kashmir Valley, reports said on Friday.

“By this poster, we give first and last warning to the telecommunication people bring down towers, close all service networking, marketing, SIM or lopo distribution or recharge business,” reads the posters which surfaced in Drugmulla area of Kupwara district. The outfit has claimed the communication system has resulted into damages with many of its commanders either killed or arrested by Govt forces.

The posters asked people associated with telecommunication companies to wind up their business or “they would be killed”. The warning has also been issued to the people having mobile towers on their property and the group has threatened them with death if they don’t stop operations of these towers.

Similar threatening posters also surfaced in Khanmoh and Khrew areas of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

A senior police official confirmed the appearance of posters in these areas.

He said investigations have been launched and “soon the elements involved in giving threats or killings of those belonged to the telecom sector will be behind bars.”

The posters had first surfaced in Sopore and Baramulla, purportedly asking cellphone service providers to wind up their operations. However, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen had announced through posters that there was no militant organisation by name of Lashkar-e-Islam.

Given the threats and spate of attacks, the private mobile companies have already suspended their operations and on Friday several other adjoining areas of Baramulla and Sopore were also affected following killings and attacks on those working with the telecommunication.

Pertinently, on Tuesday, some unidentified gunmen stormed a house with a mobile tower installed in its premises at Dooru Sopore, and killed its owner.

On Monday, an employee of a telecom outlet was shot dead by gunmen at Shah Faisal market in Sopore town.

Six days ago, grenades were thrown in the compound of Dr Mohammad Ramzan Sofi, where a cellphone tower is installed.

Following the attack, cellphone outlets including recharge counters and distributors of telecommunication companies operating in Sopore, Rafiabad, Zainageer, Baramulla, Pattan, Sangrama and other neighbouring areas have closed down their business.

United Jehad Council, an amalgam of various militant groups, had condemned such attacks in Sopore, terming it as “handiwork of Indian agencies.”

The attacks have already set alarm bells ringing in the district, especially among those dealing with mobile recharge business or having the towers in their house premises. (GNS)

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