Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today alleged that Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used by the Army as a human shield, was a “mastermind and a leader of stone pelters”.
Singh’s comments contradict the Jammu and Kashmir Police which had said in a report that Dar, who had gone to cast his vote, was a victim of “wrongful confinement”.
“I don’t know about the report. But he was a mastermind and leader of stone pelters. Though as a government we do not support the means (human shield), we support Major Gogoi for making his intentions clear and positive,” Singh told reporters, claiming that everything was “fair in love and war”.
“It is a proxy war,” he added. The Deputy CM was in New Delhi to take part in a lecture, ‘Peace in Jammu and Kashmir: Challenges and Opportunities’, in JNU.
The Army had said that Gogoi had decided to use Dar as a human shield by tying him on the bonnet of his jeep to deter stone pelters.
On the Rohingya issue, he claimed that they were foreigners who had “illegally” entered India and the state government was taking all steps to remove them under the direction of the Centre.
“They have illegally entered India and have a presence in Jammu and Samba districts. The state is working on shifting them as there was a potential of Pakistan using them as militants,” he claimed.
During the lecture, he highlighted the importance of Sufism in Kashmir and how the region was developing as a peace constituency.
Meanwhile, Dr Singh while referring to JK’s history said “the problem of Kashmir is full of complexities and confusions stretching more than 70 years and several vested interests have been creating further confusion by spreading falsehood and canards.”
“Since its inception, the current Government is trying its best to do away with the false notions which were being created by the neighbouring country and the thrust is to usher an era of accountability, empowerment and sustained development in the State,” he said.
“It was due to the faulty policies being adopted that the State was pushed into an era of chaos and political disempowerment, which the current government is addressing the same steadfastly and results are also coming to the fore,” he said.