New Delhi, May 26: Kashmir is on the edge with the separatists calling for a shut down protesting the decision to rehabilitate the Pandits and also sainik colonies. Hours after the separatists who came together called for a shut down, terrorist organisation the Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) backed the move.
The security is on their toes and the intelligence bureau warns that a small incident could trigger off major chaos in the state. Beware of fiction and cooked up facts, the IB has warned.
Almost all major protests in Kashmir have turned violent after some elements have spread rumours and put out fictitious stories which have led to stone pelting and extreme violence.
Beyond facts and fiction:
In Kashmir one has noticed a pattern in the past several years. Protests that have started out on a peaceful note have turned so violent that the state has stared a shut downs that have lasted months. Stone pelting has been the most common form of protest in the past few years.
In most of these cases it has been found that the protest has turned violent due to fiction and distorted facts. Intelligence Bureau officials say that the organisers of the protest wait for a while and when they realise that the situation is peaceful, they begin indulging in rumour mongering.
The latest episode is the one relating to the girl who had claimed that she had been molested by an army personnel. The case saw many turns with the girl later saying that the original story was wrong. She however changed her version again after her parents alleged pressure by the security forces.
On the edge:
The state remains on the edge. First and foremost after 2008 the three main separatists, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Shah Geelani have come together and called for a shut down.
This is the first worrying sign for the state. The last time they came together despite having different ideologies was in 2008 to protest the transfer of land to the Amarnath Yatra Board.
The other issue is that this is a high tourists season and this has added to the nightmare of the security forces. The most recent incident in which three police personnel were gunned down in two separate incidents is also a factor adding to the already existing tension in Kashmir.