The bizarre sight of a band of ‘holy men’ from Kanpur training citizens to fight Kashmir ‘stone-pelters’

MAMOSA Report — One thousand men and women were scheduled to leave Kanpur on Sunday for Indian-held Kashmir. They are not tourists though.

The group has been trained to take on “stone pelters” in the Himalayan valley by self-proclaimed holy men (sadhus) of the Jansena, a religious organization in Kanpur city of India.

The video below shows the group’s bizarre training rituals, which involved throwing stones at dummies on the banks of a river, while chanting, among other slogans, “Death to Pakistan”.

However, they have been forbidden by the authorities from making the journey to the Valley, according to a report in Hindustan Times. “We sought permission from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow us into Kashmir for boosting the morale of jawans and helping them take on stone pelters, but did not get it,” Jansena founder Arun Puri Chaitanay told the newspaper. “The district administration also denied us permission. However, we are determined to go, regardless of the consequences. If our members are stopped, we will travel in our individual capacity and regroup once we get there.

Trucks loaded with stones will also accompany the volunteers, Chaitanay said, adding, “Our disciples will collect more stones once we get there.” And the incident is not a one-off event. “We plan to open patharbaji training centers in Kanpur and adjoining areas to teach more saints the art of stone-slinging,” Jansena’s founder said.

Meanwhile, on Sunday thousands of people participated in the burial of a militant who came from a village in the Indian portion of Kashmir. They chanted “Go India, Go Back,” ”We Want Freedom” amid a gun salute by militants who joined the procession.

Insurgents have been fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or merger with neighboring Pakistan since 1989.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Islamabad denies. Pakistan says it only provides moral and diplomatic support to them. India and Pakistan have fought two wars for control of Kashmir, which is divided between them by a cease-fire line.

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