New Delhi: Home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday accused Pakistan of using the social media to incite youths in Kashmir to storm encounter sites to help holed up militants, after some members in Lok Sabha raised the issue of the killing of three civilians in Budgam in firing by security forces.
Responding to Saugata Roy (TMC) expressing concern and saying the situation in the Kashmir valley was very grave and seeking his intervention, Singh said the forces were dealing with “terrorism in a way they should and they will surely be successful”.
He said Kashmir had seen a “new trend” of late in which youths from nearby villages gather at the sites of encounter between forces and militants and throw stones to help the militants holed-up there to flee.
“I will appeal to youths not to be misled by Pakistan. Some social media applications like WhatsApp and Facebook are used to gather youths at places of encounters. These groups are based in Pakistan,” he said.
“Pakistan-sponsored terrorists are trying to destabilise not only Kashmir but entire India,” Singh said.
KC Venugopal (Congress) also raised the issue of the killing of civilians.
Roy noted he was a member of the all-party delegation which had visited Kashmir earlier and the situation there had again become very grave.