Srinagar, July 18: In Indian administrated Kashmir, militant fighters have released a picture of a group of 14 Kashmiri militants, on the pattern of a 2015 picture of the “Burhan group”, on social media.
According to New Express News Service, the picture of the “group of 14” armed with assault rifles, which seems to have been shot in an orchard and has gone viral on social media in Kashmir.
The picture is similar to the one released by slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in June 2015. Those figuring in that “group of 11” have been killed while fighting with Indian troops, with a lone surviving militant is in police custody. Burhan was killed in an encounter with Govt. forces on July 8, 2016, and his killing triggered a more than six-month-long unrest in the Valley, during which more 100 people were killed and thousands others injured in firing by Indian forces.
Police sources said one among the “group of 14” appears to be Shams ul Haq Mengnoo, who is the brother of an IPS officer posted in the north-east.
Shamas had gone missing in May this year and recently his picture with an AK-47 rifle had gone viral on social media. In the picture, it was mentioned that he had joined Hizb and his code name was “Burhan , the second”.
A police official said they were ascertaining the identity of the other militants in the “group of 14”.
The trend of youth joining militancy has picked up in the Valley after Burhan’s killing.
About 80-100 youth have joined militancy in the Valley so far.
Last year, about 127 local youth had joined militancy in Kashmir.
The south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam have emerged as the stronghold of the militants. The militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad, and dozens of militants affiliated with Al Qaeda-affiliated Kashmir cell headed by Burhan’s close aide Zakur Moosa are active in south Kashmir.