There may be black sheep in Army also, says Mehbooba Mufti

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Despite devoted efforts on the part of the Mehbooba Mufti government to maintain law and order in J&K, peace is eluding. Pelting stones by the youth and retaliatory firing by the Army are making the matter worse. On January 27, a mob of about 200 people attacked an Arm convoy at Shopian’s Ganopora village and when Army retaliated, two youths were killed and another one was injured. On January 28, the police booked a case against Major Aditya and his soldiers for murder and attempt to murder. This created ruckus in the assembly with the PDP and the BJP, the alliance partner clashing with each other. The BJP said that name should not have been mentioned in the FIR.

The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was firm in her stand. She said the case would be taken to its logical end. She said the government had already ordered an inquiry into the incident. She rejected the theory that the case would demoralize the Army. “There can be black sheep in the Army also,” she said and added that the Army ignored the police advisory to avoid the Ganowpora route. She said she advised the Army to exercise restraint while curbing the stone pelting youths. They should fire in the air but they are targeting the chest and head of the protesting youths. The former Chief Minister Omer Abdullah flayed the Army and said this cycle of bloodshed should stop.

Though there have been no cordial relations between the two allies, but this incident is bound to widen the gulf.

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