Srinagar, Oct 19: Gun snatching incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have become a routine today. Fresh incidents of terrorists snatching guns from security personnel in the Valley have been on the rise following a video by the Hizbul Mujahideen.
In the video, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander urges the youth to snatch weapons from government forces.The Indian army has expressed concern over such incidents.
There have been at least three such incidents in the past two months. Officials while raising concern over such incidents say that the Hizbul Mujahideen has called for snatching of guns. During the unrest in the Valley, the recruitment of youth into the outfit had gone up three folds.
Officials say that due to the sudden rise in the recruitments, there is a shortage of weapons in the outfit and hence such incidents of weapon snatching are taking place. Such incidents are also planned with a view of embarrassing the security personnel, officials also say.
Since July, militants have so far decamped with more than 55 service rifles.
The Indian army has expressed concern and says that it would be working closely with the local police who have been the targets of such incidents.
General Officer Commanding, Chinar Corps Commander, Lt. General Satish Dua said, that the Army is working closely with the Jammu and Kashmir Police to bring normalcy in the State. However, the incidents of rifle-snatching are a cause of concern for the Army, he also said.