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Time to tackle protestors has come
Kashmir situation
4/18/2017 12:28:05 AM

Early Times Report
jammu, Apr 17: The situation in Kashmir valley is undoubtedly grim. It needs to be tackled without losing a moment. First, it was the lawful killing of Hizb terrorist Burhan Wani in July 2016 that triggered violent protests, and now it is the Srinagar sham by-poll which has triggered a new round of protests. Sham by-poll because if you don't get 10 per cent of the total votes polled, you forfeit your security deposit but Farooq Abdullah was declared elected despite the fact that he could get even one per cent of the total votes in the constituency. Protests and the resultant violence are unjustifiable. How could the lawful killing of a terrorist and the conduct of electoral exercise reasons for protests?
Our jawans and the Jammu & Kashmir police have been operating in a hostile environment. They have been managing the situation with utmost restraint. As a result, they have been subjected to brickbats. The recent video of a jawan being thrashed, kicked and abused by the protesters, and the one in which a protestor was allegedly used as human shield are two sides of one and the same coin. Both indicate that the situation in the Valley is very grave.
Sadly, there are elements who want the authorities to "abandon their policy of force to win over the people's confidence". They refuse to accept the reality that the security forces have to act according to the situation on the ground, as they are men on the spot, and they have been d
Restraint not abandoned
They refuse to accept the reality that the security forces have to act according to the situation on the ground, as they are men on the spot, and they have been discharging their obligations to the best of their ability and capacity. That restraint has not been abandoned can be seen from the case of the jawan being beaten by violent protestors. The security force personnel was fully armed, but he did not retaliate and just walked away to avoid what is being described as "an ugly flare-up"
scharging their obligations to the best of their ability and capacity. That restraint has not been abandoned can be seen from the case of the jawan being beaten by violent protestors. The security force personnel was fully armed, but he did not retaliate and just walked away to avoid what is being described as "an ugly flare-up".
There are umpteen such examples showing the jawans holding back in the larger interests of the locals. And yet what they have been getting in return is just more abuse. This is just not acceptable. To allow the violent mobs in Kashmir to take the law of land into their hands and disallow the security forces to take a proper action against them can't go hand-in-hand. It is the fundamental duty of the deployed security forces to maintain law and order and bring to justice those who violate the law of the land and attack national symbols, including the Army. It is also the duty of the political class, which remains under foolproof security cover, to support the official actions against those who violate the cardinal principles of the institution of the state.
It is disturbing that the political class has not risen to the occasion. Instead of playing constructive role, the vested interests in the political class are only fishing in the troubled waters. It is time for the Government of India to take a clear-cut stand on the Kashmir situation and order the security forces to retrieve the situation using all available options.
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