New Delhi: The Congress party on Friday mocked the Narendra Modi-led government over the abduction and killing of three special police officers (SPOs) in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and accused the Government of India (GoI) of failing to counter militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking at a press conference, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “What is happening under the nose of the government is terrible and the state is being treated like a lab experiment.”
Referring to the killing of three cops in Shopian and the threat from the militants leading to the resignation of 10 policemen, Singhvi said, “If it doesn’t shake the government, what will?” “We have just seen Jumlas but have never seen a 56-inch chest, we have only been listening to speeches while policemen are getting killed, and 10 people have resigned in the Valley.”
Accusing the government of only focussing on grabbing power in Jammu and Kashmir after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of an alliance with the Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP government, the Congress leader said, “…the reality is that governance is missing in Jammu and Kashmir for grabbing naked power.”
“You have three policemen abducted today. You have ten policemen resigning,” he said and mocked the government saying it believes the policemen are joyously resigning. Speaking of India-Pakistan talks on the sidelines of UNGA, Singhvi said that talking of policies with Imran Khan is a “joke”.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police denied reports of resignations by policemen in the aftermath of the abduction and killing of three policemen in Shopian district.
A police statement said that the videos uploaded on the social media showing SPOs claiming to have quit were motivated and “propaganda”.
“Services of SPOs are reviewed from time to time and based on these reviews some SPOs are disengaged. The videos uploaded on the social media are motivated,” the statement said, adding, “There have been no resignations by policemen after the killings of three SPOs.”
In other reports, upset over the abduction and mutilation of soldiers at Shopian, India has cancelled talks with Pakistan supposed to happen on the sidelines of UNGA.
Terming the killing of soldiers as “unacceptable”, sources at MEA said, “Pakistan is not serious about the talks and has been derailing peace attempts.”