Is J&K govt’s soft approach encouraging stone pelters?
Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat made an appeal to the youth of Kashmir to stop supporting terrorists. Youth have been coming out in large numbers and pelting stones at the Indian armed forces personnel in the midst of an encounter with terrorists. Despite appeals, the scenario has not changed. Who is to blame in such a scenario?
Army officials say that law and order is a state subject. “Stone-pelters are pardoned by the state government and there is no stringent action that is ever taken. This has encouraged to come back on the streets. Moreover when militant funerals are held, scores of people gather — yet no action is taken. The government should stop backing such elements and stand by the army,” the officer who sounded furious said.