Senior officials in the security establishment agreed there was no clear picture of the situation in South Kashmir's rural areas. In photo: A photo is taken of Burhan Wani at his funeral. Photograph: (AFP)
A video in support of slain Kashmir-based Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, who was killed by Indian security forces last month, is doing the rounds on social media.
The recording shows 12 armed men raising pro-Burhan and anti-India slogans.
The youth leading the group is seen walking in a forest, carrying a wireless set while the others that follow him are seen armed with assault rifles and rocket launchers. Dressed in army fatigues, the men appear to be in their 20s. Their accent, however, does not appear to be typically of a Kashmiri resident.
The group leader is videoed saying, "This challenge (baazi) is a challenge of blood which you will lose. For each Burhan that you kill, every house will birth a Burhan."
The suspected militant then introduces himself as Tayib Burhan. The remaining gunmen, who follow him in a single column, also introduce themselves, adding 'Burhan' to their first names. They identify themselves as Ali, Irfan, Abdullah, Sultan, Saifullah, Rizwan, Amir, Aslam, Inam Roshan, Usman and Ahmed.
A security official told dna they are yet to establish the origin of the video.
This video surfaces less than a fortnight after a video of the new Hizbul Mujahideen's militant commander, who is known by the nom de guerre Mehmood Ghaznavi, and four of his associates was circulated on social media.
"Our focus is to restore the law and order situation in the Valley. We have taken notice of such videos appearing on social media. We will take appropriate action once the situation normalises," said the senior security official based in Srinagar.
On July 8, militant leader Burhan Wani was killed in a fierce gunbattle with security forces of Indian-administered Kashmir.
Azaan Javaid | DNA
The recording shows 12 armed men, armed with assault rifles and rocket launchers, raising pro-Burhan and anti-India slogans