HM commander’s video puts police on tenterhooks

SRINAGAR: The repeated release of videos by Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani asking youngsters to join the fight for establishing a ‘khilafat’ (Islamic empire) in the region has put police on tenterhooks with top cops conducting a brainstorming session to counter the new wave of militancy in the Valley. 

“We are establishing all angles related to Burhan Wani and are investigating releasing of videos by him,” Director General of Police K Rajendra, told a local news agency. “We’ll share with the media what comes up after we are done with the investigation.”

Meanwhile, sources told the news agency that as part of the investigation, the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Javaid Mujtabha Geelani, has called a meeting of all top police officers including that of Army, CRPF and other agencies to chalk out a strategy of countering the growing popularity of Burhan Wani.

Wani who is Hizbul Mujahideen’s most wanted commander has in the recent video condemned Kashmiris, including personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police, for working against them. He has also asked youngsters to join the militancy and help set up a caliphate.

The 21-year-old, who carries an Rs 10 lakh bounty on his head, is adept at using social media and keeps releasing audio and video messages. The new video is the latest in a series.

Sources added that the videos released by Wani is giving a challenging job police as all senior officers in operation circles have been put on high toes. “Police is worried about the growing popularity of Burhan Wani and his use of social media and other media in reaching out to the youngsters. There is strong urgency in police circles in stopping this trend,” added sources.

As part of this urgency, police have approached court to block Facebook pages glorifying militants to counter Wani’s propaganda.

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