March 31, 2017
Saugata Roy speaks on the situation in Kashmir
Sir, last year I had accompanied the Hon. Minister in an All-Party delegation to
Jammu & Kashmir. Now the situation in Kashmir is so grave that I think the Home Minister should step in again.
The Jammu & Kashmir Police Chief on Thursday asked the youth to resist from the practice of storming encounter sites to pelt stones at the security forces during raging battles with the terrorists. He described the practice as tantamount to committing suicide. In the encounter even security forces’ General takes cover of bullet proof vehicles or a house. The youth coming to encounter sites are committing suicides. Director General of police told reporters while appealing the youth to stay at home during encounters.
“A bullet does not see who is coming and who it will hit. So my appeal to all the young men is as in the past they should remain in their homes and not come to the site of the encounter. Of course stone pelting is not desirable at all.”
I also appeal to the youth not to come into encounter sites. He was addressing reporters here two days after three civilian protesters were killed in Central Kashmir, Cheddur Pocket, when they indulged in stone pelting during anti insurgency operation. More than 60 security personnel were injured in the stone pelting by the youth and at least 30 protesters were hurt in the firing of bullets and pellet guns by the security forces to protect themselves from the enraged bomb. The DG said the youth were being misled and misused by elements inimical to peace in the Valley for their short term political games.
The situation is grave and serious and I would like the Home Minister in step in to the situation.