Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia Friday demanded that the government carry out “carpet bombing” in Kashmir Valley to stop the attacks on security forces by militants.
“After attacks on Army camps in Uri and Kupwara, our government should carry out carpet bombing in Kashmir Valley area to stop such attacks. The attacks on Army camps and the incidents of stone-pelting should be considered as a war and the government should carpet bomb these areas,” several media outlets quoted Togadia.
Togadia, who is the working president of right wing Hindu nationalist party, VHP, urged the government to crack down on the militants who were “at war” with security forces.
He said hostility between the civilians and Army personnel was on the rise in Kashmir.
“It was time that we should not show any leniency and carpet bomb them, or else the enemy will spread to other states and talk of breaking the country into pieces,” he said.
Togadia also demanded review of the Rs 80,000 crore special development package for Jammu and Kashmir, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. “This money should be used for welfare of farmers in the country as the condition of farmers in several states is very bad. Farmers are holding protests seeking waiving of farm loans. They are committing suicide,” Togadia said.
Earlier this month, VHP leader had demanded ‘carpet bombing’ on Pakistan too.
“It is really saddening that Pakistani agents looted EVMs and destroyed booths in the valley in the by-elections. They also insulted our CRPF jawans. Carpet bombing was needed to rein in these stone-pelters (Pakistan agents). United States dropped 10,000 kg non-nuclear bomb on network of caves and tunnel used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan. India should also use carpet bombs on Pakistani agents and Jehadi training sites. There should no dialogue with Pakistan now,” Togadia told a press meet at Chamber Bhavan, Bistupur on 14 April.