Srinagar: A group photograph of 14 young men released by militants, earlier this week, is under scrutiny by the Jammu and Kashmir police.
Described as a ‘leaderless troupe’ by a senior official, the group in the picture can be seen posing with rifles in an unknown location which appears to be an orchard or a forest area.
The photograph surfaced on social media two months after the ‘Burhan boys’ image showing 11 men including the deceased militant Burhan Wani, was released by the terrorist organisaton Hizbul Mujahideen
While the older picture showed the militants in camouflage outfits, the new one exhibits blue coloured outfits.
Burhan Wani 2.0
- The men in the new picture are not known faces which suggest that all of them are newly inducted as militants. However, one of the recruits appears to match with that of Shams ul Haq Mengnoo, who was given the code name of ‘Burhan, the Second’ by Hizbul.
- Mengnoo, who was studying for a Bachelor’s degree in unani medicine in Srinagar and went missing from his home on May 22, is the brother of an Indian Police Service officer posted in the Northeast. Police officials have confirmed his movement with militants.
- “We have come across the picture. There are 14 faces and we are identifying the people. Many times militants have also used old pictures,” said a senior police officer dealing with anti-militancy operations.
- “Even if the group is new, it can in no way be seen as a comeback of militancy. It is a leaderless troupe. The militants have suffered heavily and the terror initiated violence has come down. They have made isolated attacks on lone security personnel or indulged in grenade attacks,” he said.
- The new group photo came just a week after Hizbul flooded the social media with individual pictures of around 18 young men holding guns on the second death anniversary of Burhan Wani on July 8.