Srinagar, May 31: In the wake of the hotel incident involving Major Leetul Gogoi, the Hizbul Mujahideen has released an audio clip asking Kashmiri girls to stay away from Armymen. In the audio message, Riyaz Naikoo, commander of the militant outfit, said the Army was using Kashmiri girls as ‘honey trap’ to catch militants. Also Read - Indian Army Sets up Covid Management Cell For Real-time Response
“The Army has touched a new low by employing Kashmiri girls as honey trap after using them as spies,” Naikoo reportedly said in the viral audio message. “We have received information that the Army is luring girls and using them to spy on mujahideen. The Army is blackmailing girls and pitting them against us,” he added. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir Admin Announces Complete Lockdown In 11 districts Amid Spike In COVID Cases
Major Gogoi was detained by the Khanyar police following a complaint by a local hotel that he had booked a double room and wanted to occupy the room with a local girl. Heated verbal exchanges had taken place between the hotel management and Major Gogoi when the hotel manager told him that he could not rent the room if he wanted to stay there with a local girl. Also Read - Indian Army Ramps Up COVID-19 Efforts With More Beds, Medical Advice Helpline
The Hizbul commander further accused the Army of “sponsoring tours as a weapon to create a web of spies” and asked parents not to send their kids for such tours. Under its Sadbhavana (goodwill) mission, the Army organises tours for Kashmiri students. Naikoo warned those who will send their kids on such tours will face consequences.
“We will not spare those parents who send their girls on Army tours. Teachers, too, will face the brunt if they force students to undertake Army tours…I urge youth not to fall prey to army’s tactics and become informers,” Naikoo said. He also accused the Army of “pushing Kashmiri youth to waywardness through drugs and other immoral activities”.