Jammu, August 5: The Chief Minister of J&K, Mehbooba Mufti according to many media reports had suggested the police to seek an apology from the Kashmiri populace for Killing Burhan Wani. The BJP has taken this matter very seriously asking the government to clarify its stand on the issue.
BJP MLC Ashok Khajuria told the Tribune the government needs to clear its stand on who issued such a statement so that public can know the truth.
“It has been over 72 hours now but the J&K government has not provided any explanation about the alleged statement. The way government has remained silent on the issue raises many questions. The BJP wants that the government releases its response to the report of CM’s statement which otherwise is very damaging and can lead to greater disturbance,” said Ashok Khajuria.
The MLC viewed this statement as having the potential to stir great resentment among the nationalist people of the state. “Already the security forces’ morale has been let down by various statements from political leaders after Burhan Wani’s killing. Now asking the police force to apologise for having killed a militant is too much which could trigger greater problems,” said Ashok Khajuria.
When asked as to why the party has not taken any cognisance of Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh’s earlier statement terming the Burhan Wani’s killing as an “accident”, the BJP MLC said state president Sat Sharma immediately came up with a rejoinder where he commended the role of security forces for having neutralised the militants. “I also acknowledged our party president’s statement for recommending the brave soldiers in operation against Burhan for highest gallantry awards,” said Khajuria.
He added that since Jammu and Kashmir had always been a sensitive state as far as security related matters were concerned, any step that contained potential to drive masses into frenzy should be taken very cautiously.
“Such statement from the government that the police force should seek an apology from the youth in Kashmir for killing a militant reflects the sick mindset,” said Khajuria.
With Inputs from The Tribune