Top J&K Cop Dismisses ISIS Threat

20 October 2014
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Unidentified youth seen waving ISIS flags in Srinagar have no knowledge about the group and wave the 'black color flags just for fun', a top Jammu & Kashmir police officer said on Monday. Kashmir range inspector general Abdul Gani Mir dismissed the issue saying there was no threat of youth joining the ISIS or any other foreign group of its kind. 'We are investigating the matter thoroughly and prima facie reveals that those few youth who were found waving the flags know nothing about the Islamic State,' Mir said. He blamed undeserving media coverage for emboldening the stone-throwing, flag waving youth. 'When the media gives hype to any of the stone pelting activity in the old city taking place after the Friday prayers, the youth find it interesting and the same instigates them as well,' he said. Chief minister Omar Abdullah had earlier dismissed any ISIS presence in the valley and called the youth displaying its flags as 'some idiots'. Reports said police have recovered a black flag from an unidentified youth and have decided to deploy additional forces in old city to prevent mischief mongers from displaying the flags. Srinagar-based 15 Corps head Lt Gen Subrata Saha had described ISIS flag waving 'something which merits the highest concern of all security'.