"Indian Idol" Participants Get Death Threats

Radical Kashmiris promise they will kill would-be “Indian Idol” contestants if they appear in this season’s vulgar production.

Radical Islamists warned Kashmiris about partaking in nasty dance numbers like this one. (Indian Idol)

Islamic radicals are threatening Kashmiri contestants of the Indian Idol competition with harsh punishment if they participate in the vulgar television production:

A rebel group in Indian-held Kashmir has warned young people in the region not to audition for the hugely popular television show “Indian Idol” or face harsh punishment.

“No leniency” will be shown to anyone trying out for the show, a spokesman for the al Madina Regiment, which has claimed responsibility for suicide and other attacks in Kashmir, told the local Current News Service late on Monday.

Sony Entertainment Television had said earlier it would hold an audition on Wednesday for singers in Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-held Kashmir. Sony is looking for that “one voice that will be the pride of the nation,” a television advertisement said.

But the rebel outfit, which authorities believe is an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Taiba group, told youngsters not to participate in the talent hunt. “These shows are just displays of vulgarity,” said group spokesman Sadiq.

A local Kashmiri boy Qazi Taqeer did well last year in the talent hunt show of “Fame Gurukul”.

…But, radicals promise to kill those Kashmiris brave enough to compete in this year’s Idol competition. (Indian Idol photo)

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