Srinagar, January 1: The people of Jammu and Kashmir are on a revolt mode against the country. Flags of Islamic State (ISIS) and Pakistan were unfurled at Jama Masjid in the state capital on the first day of the year. Not only this, poster of Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed was also seen. The reason for this revolt is stated to be Village Defence Committee (VDC), which people want to be shunned.
The incident took place on Friday when a group of people raised the flag of neighbour country Pakistan and the terrorist organisation ISIS. Slogans against India were also chanted. The poster of Saeed added an extra mileage to their protest against the VDC. Though unofficially VDC has been banned, but still the presence of some of them has been often criticised by the Kashmiris. (ALSO READ: Jammu and Kashmir High Court stays earlier order instructing state to adopt own flag, President, Prime minister)
The VDC — which has been compared with Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh — was set up in Jammu and Kashmir in the mid-nineties after numerous violent incidents took place in region’s far-flung villages. Due to the lack of police or army personnel in those villages, security forces trained them with military training and equipped them with weapons. Wireless sets were also given to those state-born militia.
With incidents like these on the very first day of the year where people gathered to support Pakistan and ISIS, just to protest against the local militia, the situation has become tensed in the valley. Few days ago, a separate flag was hoisted in the state Assembly and the issue has still not been completely solved.