Policeman killing in Kashmir outrages speakers on Mudda, demand to speed up NIA investigation against separatists raised by them
Friday’s edition of Mudda discussed the abduction and killing of policeman Javed Ahmad Dar in the Shopian district of Kashmir
The show was anchored by Anant Tyagi. The panellists were political analyst Sushil Pandit, defence expert Praful Bakshi, Anand Sahu from BJP, Congress spokesperson Ajay Verma and APN Consulting Editor Govind Pant Raju.
Exactly a couple of days after Union home minister Rajnath Singh visited the Valley to review its security situation, the body of abducted policeman Javed Ahmad Dar was found in Shopian district of Kashmir. Dar, who was abducted from near his home in Vehil, was a personal security officer to Senior Superintendent of Police Shailendra Mishra. Dar had gone to buy medicines for his ailing mother when he was abducted, pushed into a car and driven away. His body was later dumped by the road in Dangam, Shopian.
The valley has witnessed deaths of its people and security personnel for quite some time. Last month, soldier Aurangzeb was shot dead after being abducted by terrorists in Pulwama district. On June 14, senior journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, was killed by terrorists.
Praful Bakshi said “the Hurriyat has to be stopped physically”. He suggested the government cut all financial and ammunition supply to them. “They are entering the border physically and have to be stopped physically. Surgical strikes are not enough, but a home surgery also needs to be done so as to stop these people from doing more damage,” said Bakshi.
Govind Pant Raju said that the time that the government has taken to solve issues in Kashmir shows that either the government is not serious in resolving issues or it is willing to take up things diplomatically. He said that the government, instead of taking revenge for every bullet fired from the other side, should focus on firing first. “As far as investigation on Hurriyat leaders by the National Investigation Agency is concerned, the delay on the government’s part creates a doubt over whether it is actually interested in investigating their activities or not,” said Raju.
Sushil Pandit and Praful Bakshi condemned the Congress party and its leaders for making discouraging and controversial comments. He said that Congress doesn’t look like a national party in Kashmir, but a regional party like PDP and National Conference. He criticised the comments made by Saifuddin Soz and Ghulam Nabi Azad. “In Kashmir, the Congress has ended up being a carbon copy of the PDP and the National Conference. Their comments discourage and weaken the nation’s preparedness to deal with terrorists. They do it with an intention to garner Muslim votes,” Pandit said.
—Compiled by Lilly Paul