In an effort to crack down on the influx of local youths into militancy, the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s intelligence wing has advised the state police to refrain people from holding ‘glamourised funerals’ of militants. As per the intelligence wing, such grand funerals motivate other youths of the state to join militant groups. Citing a confidential report sent by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), to Director General of Police S P Vaid, The Indian Express stated that the funerals of slain militants act as fertile ground for militants and they use the event to mobilise opinion in their favour and asking youths to join the group.
As per the confidential report, post the 2016 unrest in Kashmir, people swarm in large numbers to the funerals of militants, providing a boost of sorts to militancy through the glorification of the killed terrorist. It further cites many instances of youths joining a militant group after attending the funeral of a killed militant. It has been noted that the ‘recruiters’ to such groups usually make it to the funerals to instigate people. Many incidents of gun salute by people to the killed terrorist have also been reported.
The confidential report by the state’s intelligence wing, which was drafted two months ago, highlights that such funerals have been instigating the people towards radicalisation. The militant groups have been found to use such events for promoting their ideology. People in the Valley were found to offer prayers for foreign terrorists. Even the killed militants of Pakistan-based outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) also get grand funerals in the Valley, as per the report.
Another point of concern, outlined in the article, was that of local religious preachers and mosque management committees. As per the report, some of these actively take part in promoting the ideology of radical groups and encourage youths to join such outfits.