Jammu and Kashmir based terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen has put up posters warning parents of the valley from sending their children to army run goodwill schools.
The Army runs 43 Goodwill schools in far-flung areas of Jammu and Kashmir, three of which are affiliated to the CBSE. Close to 15,000 students are taught by 1000 staff members in these schools run under Operation Sadbhavna.
In a number of posters put up across Karewa, Nadpora and villages in the vicinity in Shopian, the militant outfit also warned that those who ‘vote’ on polling day ‘will be killed’. Despite the threat, Pulwama district witnessed 2.38 per cent voting.
“We have received information that the Army might force you to cast votes. But Kashmiri people must understand that they need to make a choice. Those who cast their votes on the polling day in Shopian will be killed,” the poster threatened in Urdu.
“Our commander Riyaz Naikoo has told you a number of times to desist from polls but some people do not listen. The time is over now and we will act against them and put their videos in public,” it further said.
In view of the security scenario in the Valley, the Election Commission, in an unprecedented move, conducted polls in one Lok Sabha constituency in three phases. Voting for Pulwama and Shopian concluded on Monday, while that for Anantnag district was held on April 23 and Kulgam on April 29.