Srinagar: Around 125 local militants killed in anti-militant operations were buried in far-flung areas away from their homes this year so far in Jammu & Kashmir, IANS reported.
According to the report, a total of 171 militants were killed in the hinterland in the Valley till October 10 this year.
In April this year, the state administration decided to bury the local militants killed in gunfights in areas far from their hometowns to help the security establishment in maintaining law and order. The administration justified the decision saying that not handing over bodies to family members helps stop “pro-jihad” gatherings.
“Burial procession of killed local militants had become a recruiting ground for Pakistan-based militant organisations,” IANS quoted an unnamed Indian Army officer as saying.
The deaths of militants were often a public spectacle. Locals used to grieve the loss saying that the slain militants fought against the state’s armed forces.
Further, the burial processions used to attract huge local crowds and in every such procession, a minimum of two to three youth got motivated to join the militant outfits. “It was a very challenging task for us to stop such recruitments,” said another officer.
To stop such recruitment, the state administration decided the burials would be conducted by local authorities and that too under the supervision of a magistrate.
Quoting sources, the IANS report said the administration is burying militants killed in south Kashmir in north Kashmir and vice versa.
“This is being done so that these militants do not become faces of terrorism for youth to take up arms,” said a senior officer. He explained that earlier funerals evoked an emotional response from residents who did not view them as militants rather as soldiers who took up armed resistance against India.
“This has brought a positive change in the Valley, particularly in terror hotbeds,” added an Army officer. IANS
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