The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday registered a criminal case against unnamed persons who pasted “Lashkar-e-Taiba posters” on walls and lampposts in several parts of Srinagar.
The posters, written in Urdu allegedly on the LeT letterheads, “appealed” to all people “who have been supporting this tyrant regime or have been voting for, or are affiliated in any other manner to the NC [the National Conference] the PDP [the People’s Democratic Party], the Congress, the BJP [the Bhartiya Janata Party] or any such outfit” to sever their ties with the pro-Indian organisations at once. The text warned defaulters of “extremely horrible death.” It asked the Sarpanches and office-bearers of these organisations to announce their resignation through newspapers and local mosques within a week or be prepared for dire consequences for themselves and their families.
The posters, typeset and printed in the name of Yaseen Kashmir of the LeT’s International Jihad Council, carried the rubberstamp of Nawab Gaznavi, LeT’s Srinagar District Commander. The title of ‘Lashkar-e-Taiba’ in Urdu is printed on the top of each poster under the one-liner in English: “In the name of Allah.” “Those who ignore this warning will see the consequences soon as the Lashkar workers are still alive,” read the text loosely written in vernacular.
The police removed a number of the bills. “We have seized these posters and filed a First Information Report at the Kralkhud station…, ” Central Kashmir DIG Ahfadul Mujtaba told The Hindu. He said the posters spread fear in a section of the population, though similar bills in the past had been found “fake.” “We are trying to ascertain the authenticity of these posters. These could be real or fake,” he said.