05 December, 2020

Coffin On Wheels?

A mysterious leak imperils the bus to Muzaffarabad Updates

Coffin On Wheels?
Threats from militant groups and the curious case of the passenger list being leaked to separatists has heightened the danger to the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus which is to be flagged off by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on April 7. The J&K government remains categoric—there is no question of cancelling the bus, security has been beefed up all along the route to ensure safe passage. The introduction of the bus after sixty years has the support of the people of Kashmir, voices attacking it are marginal players, say state government officials.

The bad omens came in over the fax at newspaper offices in Srinagar. Four militant groups in a two-page note warned prospective passengers to desist from travelling—calling the bus "a coffin". The note condemns the restarting of the bus service as being "against the interests of the Kashmir struggle". The statement included the names and details of the would-be passengers—or, as the note called them, "traitors". A similar list was handed over to the authorities in PoK a fortnight ago for clearance. It was supposed to be secret till...


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