Saturday, June 22, 2024

“Heinous act”: Kashmiri militant groups distance themselves from Reasi terror attack

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Two militant organisations have issued statements denouncing and condemning what they termed a “heinous” attack on civilians in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi, that left ten dead and 33 injured.

The attack targeted a bus travelling from Shiv Khori, a shrine dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva, to the town of Katra.

The attack occurred when some unknown gunmen opened fire on the bus, causing the driver to lose control and the vehicle to plunge into a gorge.

Earlier, some reports suggested that The Resistance Front (TRF) had claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, both TRF and the People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF) have since issued statements denying involvement.

TRF, in its statement, said, “The news that is being circulated through certain social media handles regarding #TRF claiming the attack in Reasi is not correct.”

It further added: “We don’t use proxies to claim our attacks nor do we shy away from claiming our attacks. We want to make it clear that any media outlet writing or uploading any content can’t be related to #TRF but what #TRF directly uploads on its official media channels is too authentic.”

It said that the Jehlum Media House is not directly or indirectly linked to or related to TRF.

“We want to make it clear that without our authentication and authorization, nothing has to be linked with us, be it #JMH or any other outlet.”

TRF was founded in 2019 following the abrogation of Article 370, which revoked the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.

On Sunday, the Reasi attack coincided with the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his National Democratic Alliance (NDA) cabinet in the national capital.

Security has been strengthened in the area where the attack occurred, and a massive search operation is underway to hunt down the attackers, with senior police officials and other security personnel actively involved.

As per reports, at least ten empty bullet cartridges were recovered from the site of the attack.

Reports about the involvement of another militant organisation also surfaced following the attack. State officials believe that a highly-trained module of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), known for targeting government forces in the Pir Panjal region, was responsible for the attack.

However, the People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF), which is considered a front for the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), also distanced itself from the attack, stating, “We strongly condemn the inhuman and cowardly attack on the innocent passengers in Reasi.”

The statement said: “The bloodthirsty Himmler of the Gujarat Riots has awoken after his humiliation in the elections and is back to his real self. BJP/RSS are the worst enemies of mankind and they do not shy away from spilling innocent blood for their political gains. Religious polarization and riots are their way, and we see this attack on innocent pilgrims in the same light.”

“Those who know us know that we target the best of the best of Indian forces, and even when the Indian Army killed three innocent people in Rajouri, we did not react, for it is far beneath us to even think that we could commit such a horrendous act,” it read.

“We know the fascist BJP/RSS will not agree to an independent inquiry, for they will be exposed and humiliated. But we say to our brethren in Jammu that you must come out and force this fascist administration for an impartial inquiry. People’s Anti-Fascist Front will fully cooperate in such an investigation,” it added.

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