STATE TIMES NEWS
jammu: There seems to be much more than what meets the eyes in Shopian episode. With days passing, it becomes crystal clear that political pressure had played a role in registering case against Major Aditya. Ironically, instead of braving the political pressure and fulfilling professional obligations, Director General of Police chose to play the game of politicians, who perhaps wanted to create wedge between the army and the police to dilute aggressive pursuit against terrorists. However, it has failed notwithstanding the fact higher echelons of police getting exposed.
The army has made it clear that the police action in Shopian has not demoralized the troops, who are agile to meeting the challenge. This is a befitting reply to those who tried to belittle the army.
Surjeet Singh, President Guru Ramdass Sewa Society, district Poonch, said the stone pelters who attacked army convoy and caused serious injuries to the soldiers and damaged vehicles without any provocation, deserve to be booked under Section 307 besides other sections of RPC instead of registering FIR against army. He said that army had opened fire only in defence which is covered under various sections of RPC.
“It is unwarranted on the part of DGP S.P Vaid to conceal the fact that FIR contains name of an army officer when the same was specifically mentioned in the FIR”, he said adding that by giving a wrong statement, the DGP has infringed the conduct rules and mislead the whole nation.
Nishu Sharma, youth leader NC, district Poonch said the attack on the army convoy by the stone pelting youths of the Valley amounts to their ungratefulness towards army despite armed forces umpteen sacrifices and relentless services to provide succour to people during emergent situations like floods and earthquakes besides other occasions. “The services rendered by the army in Kashmir during 2014 flood where jawans lied over the stretched ropes to become planks and helped people to walk over their bodies and cross the inundated areas to reach safer places. This was one of the gestures besides providing them food, clothes and blankets”, he said and added that despite herculean job being done by army in Valley to restore peace and normalcy, it is being maligned by State police by lodging FIR against its personnel who were forced to open fire against stone pelters in a bid to save jawans from being killed. “What is more disturbing is the fact that State police chief in a bid to appease political bosses had gone astray from moral and professional ethics and given a statement that no officer of Indian Army has been named in the FIR registered in Shopian killing case which is factually wrong and misleading”, he maintained and demanded DGP should come clear on the issue.
Ritesh Rajput of Bhallessa said that Police Chief is answerable for giving a misleading statement before press that no army officer has been named in the FIR registered in Shopian incident when Major Aditya’s name figured in the aforesaid FIR.
He asked, “Is police thinking that people are fools and can be hoodwinked through such tactics?” He suggested higher ups to desist from playing in the hands of politicians.” “It is strange that stone pelters have all the rights including human rights but army which is a universal protecting force is devoid of these rights and is suffering badly,” he added.
Sandeep Kumar of Bhadarwah while terming the registration of FIR against Major Aditya as illegal said that the State Government was not authorised to lodge this FIR without the consent of the Union Government. He said the government should give free hand to security forces to deal with the situation in Kashmir. Kumar resented against police for registering FIR against the army officer instead of taking action against the guilty involved in stone pelting on security forces. He also decried DGP for giving a statement that no army officer is named in the FIR registered in Shopian case which according to Kumar is far from truth as Major Aditya’s name has been mentioned in the aforesaid report.
Nater Singh, social activist, Sunderbani said that the police and army are the closest associates in the operations against terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is quite disheartening that an associate (Police) despite knowing well about the innocence on the part of army which was attacked by a mob of stone pelters lodged an FIR against army mentioning name of an officer and then misleading the army and claiming before press that no officer has been named in the FIR”, he said and regretted that the facts were concealed by none other than the DGP, the head of the police force of the State.He demanded that such unwarranted FIR should be withdrawn immediately.
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