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Kashmir centric leaders maintain criminal silence over Handwara killings
5/5/2020 12:30:00 AM

Early Times Report

Jammu, May 4: On late Saturday night, Kashmir witnessed one of the bloodiest gunfight that left an Army Colonel, a Major, two soldiers, and a Jammu and Kashmir Police sub-inspector dead, most Kashmir centric leaders, barring Omar Abdullah, maintained silence and didn’t utter a single word to pay tributes to the slain soldiers. Even Congress maintained criminal silence on such a tragedy which sent entire nation into the mourning.
The PDP’s twitter handle ironically pitched for the ceasefire but didn’t praise those who sacrificed their lives in line of duty. “LoC lit yet again. Imagine the plight of people residing in these areas facing a double whammy of Covid-19 & bombardments during holy month of Ramadan. More devastation, more misery for civilians. Haven’t hostilities exacted enough a price in blood from people of J&K already. #Dialogue,” read a tweet on PDP’s official handle.
In another tweet, the party tried to politicise the situation and tried to connect the current security scenario in the erstwhile State with that of the August 5, 2019 episode when Government of India abrogated Article 370 and Article 35-A. “Concerned over deteriorating security situation. Not even 48 hrs, Handwara back in news. Initial reports claim multiple CRPF jawans along with a civilian dead. Thoughts & prayers with families. Let’s safely assume hoax of restoration of peace as rationale for Aug 5 move is nullified.”
National Conference too instead of paying tributes to the slain army soldiers played politics with the issue. Apart from retweeting the tweet of its party Vice-President Omar Abdullah who said he felt sorry for the loss of lives in Handwara, the party didn’t issue any official statement.
Meanwhile, on social media, people were ruing such a pathetic style of politics played by Jammu and Kashmir’s regional political parties over the matters pertaining to the national interest. “How could these political parties maintain such a criminal silence on the issue which is of such importance. These political groups should have at least made themselves accountable for what they have done for the country. Soldiers who laid down their lives in Handwara deserve the greatest applaud,” wrote a netizen on facebook.
There was also resentment amongst many even in the union territory over the silence maintained by the regional political groups over Handwara gunfight.
Following intelligence inputs that militants had taken civilians, hostage, in a house in Handwara’s Changimulla, a joint team comprising five army personnel and a J&K Police officer reached the area and managed to rescue the civilians on Saturday. The security team, however, came under heavy fire and in the ensuing firefight, all security personnel and two militants were killed.
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