Party sources said a group of gunmen had barged into house of Wali Mohammad Bhat. In the video, which is now doing the rounds on social media, Mr Bhat is seen looking scared. An AK-47 rifle can be seen, held by a person off camera. Mr Bhat can be heard saying he does not associate with pro-India politics and chanting slogans prompted by men off-screen.
A second video has also surfaced in which a trade union leader, Bashir Ahmad Wani, was forced to say he would dissociate from all activities and chant anti-India slogans.
The election in the Srinagar constituency held last week, had seen a record low turnout and unprecedented violence - forcing the cancellation of the by-polls for Anantnag, which was to be held 3 days later. On April 9, only 7 percent voters had turned up at the booths. In more than 200 incidents of violence recorded through the day, 8 people had died and 100 securitymen were injured. In the repoll at 38 constituencies held later, only 2 per cent polling was recorded.
South Kashmir has become a bastion of the terrorists since the death of Burhan Wani last July. Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen man, was known for uploading photographs on Facebook that showed him posing with guns. Since his death, the protests that started erupted in his hometown Tral spread across Kashmir. While the protests have now ebbed, over the last few months, policemen, village heads and workers of the ruling PDP have been targetted in South Kashmir.