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Audio clip: Hizb discuses pouring acid into eyes of panchayat

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

An audio clip of a purported conversation between two militants has gone viral here in which a of the outfit tells his cadres to pour acid into the eyes of those who contest the upcoming elections in

In the purported clip, tells another militant of the outfit, Sameer Tiger, that they should not threaten or kill anyone contesting the polls but pour "strong acid -- Sulphuric Acid or Hydrochloric acid" into the their eyes.

"Over the past 28 years, we have been threatening and killing the candidates but it has not deterred them. Normally, those people stand for elections who are considered useless by their families.

"They (families) want to get them (candidates) killed so that they get Rs 5 lakh ex gratia and job on compassionate grounds," Naikoo is heard saying in the audio clip.

He says in the clip that instead of helping these people get rid of their unwanted family members, "this (pouring acid) will ensure that they (victims) become a burden on them".

The last month announced that elections will be held from February 15 this year.

said that earlier people were blinded by pellet guns, now they are being threatened with blinding by acid.

"If it isn't pellets, it's acid. One way or the other people are threatened with being blinded," Omar tweeted.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 18:55 IST