Jammu: Launching a blistering attack on the mainstream Kashmiri politicians over their stoic silence on the killing of Sepoy Rajendra Singh by stone pelters in Anantnag district, Union minister Jitendra Singh said that they (Kashmiri politicians) cannot even go to the toilet without the Hurriyat Conference’s permission. Notably, the soldier passed away at a hospital on Friday after sustaining head injuries during stone-pelting by a group of youths. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir Admin Announces Complete Lockdown In 11 districts Amid Spike In COVID Cases
“Yesterday, I and (state) governor (Satya Pal) Malik were together in a programme and he said about the Hurriyat that they take permission from Pakistan to go to the toilet. I have no hesitation to add to that as far as the so called mainstream politicians (of Kashmir) are concerned, their situation is even worse, they take permission from Hurriyat to go to the toilet. If they do not get the permission they are even reconciled to remain constipated all their lives,” the minister of state in the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) told reporters. Also Read - Complete Corona Curfew Imposed in Jammu and Kashmir Till Monday Morning
Intensifying his attack further, Singh alleged that if the jawan had open fire at the stone-pelters in self defence, the same politicians would have accused the security forces of violating the human rights of local Kashmiris. Also Read - Jammu & Kashmir: Corona Curfew Extended To All 20 Districts, Public Transport To Ply At 50% Capacity
“This apologetic approach is just appalling… Had the soldier who got killed defended himself, which he could have rightfully done, the same politicians would have bayed for his blood in the name of human rights violations or civilian atrocities by security personnel,” PTI quoted the minister as saying.
Earlier on Saturday, Army chief General Bipin Rawat had issued a stern warning to stone pelters and said that strict action will taken against the youth who practice such activities.
“How can they (stone pelters) target our jawan. Please tell me why these stone pelters shouldn’t be compared with OGW of terrorists. Every time a case gets registered against the army. But this time we have registered a case against them and strict action must be taken by army this time,” Rawat had said, while speaking at the 72nd Infantry Day celebrations at the India Gate in the national capital.
Sepoy Rajendra Singh, who sustained head injuries during stone-pelting by a group of protesters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar on Friday.
“Singh was part of a quick reaction team which was providing security to a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) convoy on Thursday. At around 1800 hrs, when the convoy was passing through the Anantnag bypass tri-junction near NH-44, few youths hurled stones at the vehicle and Singh was injured after being hit by a stone directly on the head,” an Army official had said.