New Delhi, July 27: The Indian Army and the local administration of J&K engaged in a tussle as the latter accused the armed forces of luring locals through its Sadbhavna project. J&K’s Kathua district deputy commissioner Rohit Khajuria wrote a letter to Army’s Lieutenant Colonel and said that the state government is able to take care of its citizens and the Army shouldn’t interfere.

Khajuria said, “The state government is capable of taking care of welfare of the citizens and by luring through Sadbhavna, you cannot risk life and property or citizens.” The district’s deputy commissioner wrote the letter on July 17 to Lt Col RK Arya after the latter  had requested for carrying out a small firing in Hiranagar Field for operationalisation of the firing range.

The Army’s letter had besotted the Kathua district administration’s co-operation in conducting interactive sessions with students of the area under the Sadbhavna project, which has been initiated by Army for building mutual trust with the residents of J&K.

However, Khajuria dismissed the request retorting that the Army was trying to lure the locals of J&K  with its Sadbhavna project. He said that there was no question of allowing the firing exercise without the consent of the people in the nearby villages.