‘People treating militants as heroes’

‘People treating militants as heroes’

SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and independent MLA, Er Rashid on Wednesday said it was anti-Kashmir policy of Indian government that makes the people of this state respect and treat militants as their heroes. Rashid said that police and civil administration was so scared of huge participation in the militants’ funerals that they apprehend mass uprising against the state.
Addressing a public gathering at Magarkote, Banihal, Rashid said, “It is brutality of the security agencies, government of India’s denial of right of self-determination to Kashmiris, the biased attitude of administration towards Muslims, that is getting deeper in the minds of every Muslim from Lakhanpore to Karnah and making them respect and treat militants as their saviors whom the so-called national media and security agencies call as ‘terrorists’.”
He said police and civil administration are feeling “highly embarrassed” while dealing with the situation to offer last rites of slain militants as “it speaks much about the real things happening on ground”.
“Had just killing militants been solution to the problem, government would have no objection in burying the slain militants in Hajin and Pampore,” he said.
Meanwhile, AIP president termed the demand of PDP seeking judicial probe into Sarore, Samba incident as a joke and has asked party to “stop befooling the people of the state”.
“There is a complete understanding and match fixing between PDP and BJP. Under a well-crafted plan and to preserve and protect each other’s vote bank, BJP arranged bloodshed in Sarore, Bari Brehmna and PDP started seeking judicial probe,” he said.
“Being two sides of the same coin, PDP should own the moral responsibility of all that is happening in Bari Brehmana and elsewhere with the Muslims of the state. By making SHO concerned a scapegoat, the governor administration is trying to keep the BJP-PDP alliance intact,” he said.
Rashid said had administration been sincere in punishing the culprits; it should have initiated action against the local MLA, Chander Prakash, Deputy Commissioner and the SSP concerned.

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