New Delhi, Jan 31: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday slammed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over her silence concerning the controversial firing by the Army in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian. At least three civilians were killed and several wounded in the firing by the Army at a mob on January 27. Also Read - Banks Going to be Catalyst For Economic Revival at This Crucial Corona Time, Says Sitharaman
Demanding a clarification from Sitharaman, Swamy said he would raise the issue in Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session if there is no statement from the Defence Minister. Also Read - Will Take up GST Cut Demand With FM Sitharaman And PM Modi, Says Javadekar
“Wondering why even today defence minister has not given a clarification. Do we take her silence to mean yes. If it is, then it’s totally against party policies, sentiments of Indians and patriotism. If she doesn’t give a clarification by 2 February, I’ll ask it in the House,” Swamy said. Also Read - Nirmala Sitharaman to Review Implementation of Resolution Framework For COVID-related Stress
“You see according to media reports and social media, J&K CM at the floor of the House said, I had brought the Shopian army firing issue to notice of the Defence Minister and she said that if you feel that a crime has been committed, go ahead and take an action,” Swamy said quoting Mehbooba Mufti.
Swamy had been consistently attacking the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir and even raised questions over his party’s decision to continue the alliance with the PDP in the state.
“Why are we even running that govt? I haven’t understood that till date,” he had said on Tuesday, January 30.
Earlier, the police registered an FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit, of the Army. The Major, who led the Army personnel at the time of the incident, was also mentioned in the FIR.
However, Army sources claimed that the Army major, who was mentioned in the FIR, was not present at the spot of the incident.
A defence spokesman had said in Srinagar that the troops opened fire when a mob tried to lynch a junior commissioned officer and snatch his service weapon.