Jammu, April 12: Holding civilians squarely responsible for their death during an encounter, J&K DGP S.P. Vaid said on Thursday that they “have no business to be at encounter sites”. Vaid’s straight talk comes a day after civilian deaths in the crossfire in Kulgam encounter.
Participating in a live Twitter question-answer session, Vaid was answering a question on civilian deaths during encounters when he added, “No citizen of India would like any civilian killing. We have repeatedly been requesting people not to come near encounter sites where bullets fly, whether from the militant or from the Army, from paramilitary force and police. They have a trajectory…they can hit anybody.”He said, “No marriage of a terrorist is happening there…and a bullet will not distinguish between a boy, a stone-pelter, forces.”
On a feasible solution to the Kashmir issue, Vaid said “gun” was not an option and all the parties concerned, including Pakistan, needed to have a dialogue. “I wish the Kashmir problem was so simple that I could answer in one reply. So many brains have been working for decades to find a solution. It is not so simplistic a problem. I personally feel gun is not the solution, every party concerned, including even our neighbour, should sit together and talk it out. Violence is not the solution,” The Indian Express quotes Vaid as saying.
On internet blockades, Vaid said,”I am totally against it. But there is mischief and misuse of it to spread hatred and false propaganda. That is what we want to prevent.” To another question, Vaid said he was of the view that the media had played a role in the rising anti-India sentiment among the people of the state. He said, “The discourse of the national media and the local media should be such that it doesn’t hurt the sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”