Govt playing with ‘crown’ of India: Cong on J-K situation

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New Delhi: Hitting out at the government of India (GoI) over the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress Friday alleged that the NDA government was playing with the “crown of India” and treating the people of the state like “guinea pigs”.

Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi alleged that there had been a marked quantitative increase in ceasefire violations, deaths of forces personnel, civilian killings, and militancy incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since the BJP came to power at the Centre and in the state.

He blamed the government for the deteriorating security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and cited the abduction and killing of three policemen and the reported resignations by police personnel in the state.

The Home Ministry, however, said Friday that no policeman has resigned in the state following the killing of the three police personnel by terror group Hizbul Mujahideen and described such reports as “false propaganda” by “mischievous” elements.

“There is a quantitative and qualitative change. The quantitative change is reflected in any of the four parameters — ceasefire violations, death of security personnel, civilian deaths, terror incidents,” Singhvi said.

It is “shocking that 414 jawans have died since the BJP came to power at the Centre and in the state,” he said.

Singhvi said, “256 civilians have died. As I have said on all parametres there is 100, 200, 300 per cent increase. In the case of ceasefire violations, there is a 500 per cent increase.”

He said the UPA had brought the state and its people in the mainstream, but the NDA government converted that mainstream into “midstream”.

Singhvi also accused the government of treating Jammu and Kashmir like a “laboratory experiment” and its people like “guinea pigs”.

“The government has betrayed each and every part of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,” the Congress leader said.

He alleged that to all the incidents of violence and deteriorating security situation, there was silence on the part of the government.

Singhvi alleged that mutilations have been on the rise since 2016 and also cited the recent killing of a BSF soldier who was found with his throat slit. PTI