Jammu: Former IPS officer Farooq Khan who was instrumental in the creation of the notorious Special Task Force (STF) during the mid-1990s was among three people who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party( BJP) on the margins of launch of “Bharat Vijay Rallies” by the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi here Wednesday.
Modi, while addressing a gathering at Hiranagar, welcomed the joining of former IG of J&K Farooq Khan and Kashmiri scribe Khalid Jahangir, into the party fold.
“I do not know whether the friends in media will pay attention towards this news. Today the former IG of J&K, Farooq Khan has joined BJP. Khalid Jahangir, (a Kashmiri Journalist) an expert on writings on conflict areas, has also joined to BJP. He has carved out in each in the field of journalism. I welcome him into the party fold,” Modi said.
Khan was creator of the notorious Special Task Force (STF) and Special Operational Group(SOG) in Jammu and Kashmir. Modi said “I also welcome youth activist Suresh Magotra, who has worked in ABVP, into the party fold. This joining of trio is news of attraction for the media of the country”.
Modi launched “Bharat Vijay Rallies” from the soil of Jammu and Kashmir saying “I bow to my head before the people of Jammu and Kashmir after paying obeisance at Mata Vaishnodevi”.
“This is my formal public rally (Bharat Vijay rallies). I am happy that it has started from Jammu and Kashmir,” Modi told the rally at Hiranagar border barely few kilomters away from Indo-Pak border.
The first of the “Bharat Vijay Rallies” will be held at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir. Modi will address 185 rallies across the country from today.
This is the second rally being addressed by Modi in Jammu region. He had addressed a rally on December one last year during which he had stirred a controversy by demanding a dialogue on Article 370 which guarantees a special status to the state.