Brutal and barbaric killing of Advocate Babar Qadri and Block Development Council Chairperson Bhupinder Singh, in Srinagar and Budgam areas of the Valley respectively by terrorists, is a mute reminder of the fact that nobody is safe in Kashmir. Babar Qadri missed no opportunity during debates on the national television to hold the brief for those engaged in India bashing but still fell prey to their barbarism. No tears are rolling for the young advocate, who was a vocal local and supporter of particular ideology. He spoke ‘fearlessly’ and ‘forcefully’ as a matter of right provided by the Constitution of India. He had emerged as the face of Kashmir on the small screen for quite a time. And, now he stands silenced. The so-called champions of human rights and civil liberties have gone muted. They along with so-called mainstream politicians had gone whole hog against the Indian Army over the alleged killing of ‘innocent’ teenagers of Rajouri in Shopian but the assassination in their backyards has not moved them. It is a preferential response that varies from situation to situation. They won’t go by their conscience but convenience of killers, who have gone amuck. Days before they shot dead a Panchayati Raj functionary, whose sin was to serve the people and ensure rural development. Police are claiming to have eliminated the assassins of Bhupinder Singh in an overnight encounter. This means that the law enforcing agencies had inputs about the attack over the BDC Chairperson and knew the killers as well. Nothing can be taken on its face value but if the revelation about the killers is true, why preemptive action was not taken to save the protected BDC Chairperson? He is reported to have parked his two PSOs in a local police station. The question arises how the protected person was left unescorted. Is it the prerogative of the protected person to decide whether to take guards along or not? The common sense is that the protected person’s movements are guided by the security wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police. Even if he had desired not to carry his personal guards along, the former could have stopped him from going to his ancestral place. A protected person has no discretion at all. By lowering the guard, some people are becoming soft targets for Jihadis.
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