Srinagar: The government of India has been offered a fresh strategy for countering rocks thrown on government forces in Kashmir. Bhil youth in the Madhya Pradesh’s tribal-dominated Jhabua district have said they can use gofan (slingshot) against Kashmiri youth to save the “hapless” forces.
In a letter to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the tribals say they are infuriated by seeing masses of stone-pelting men and women in Kashmir, Hindustan Times reported. “We will give a befitting reply to them – stone for stone – and send them packing,” said Bhanu Bhuria, one of the youths using the gofan, while speaking to HT.
In fact, the Bhil youth want the army to raise a “gofan battalion”. “We are patriotic. Our blood boils when we see our enemies hurting our soldiers,” said Naval Singh from Dotad village.
The Bhil proposal comes amid mounting anger in Kashmir over human rights violations by government troops. Thousands of people have come out on the streets and clashed with the army, which is battling charges of tying a Kashmiri man to a jeep as a human shield.