The Army should be Empowered to Open Fire on Stone Pelters: Yogeshwar Dutt

Yogeshwar Dutt's opinion on stone pelters

Stone pelters! This phrase is no new coinage. Behind the unrest in the Kashmir valley are terrorists. Who has been dealing with terrorists all these years? The Indian Army! BSF jawans! CRPF! Border police! J&K police! But, while dealing with terrorists, they pay a heavy price. They sacrifice their lives. They get injured. There is nothing new about injury through stone pelting. And the same story continues unabated.

On March 28, in an encounter between security personnel and terrorists in Budgam, only one terrorist could be killed. Why? Because stone pelters obstructed the encounter operation! The efforts of the security forces to flush out several terrorists holed up in a house were in vain. The stone pelters continuously pelted stones at the security forces, thus enabling the terrorists to run away from the site. And they succeeded! 43 CRPF and 20 Police personnel were injured in the attack. The police opened fire leading to death of three stone pelters and injuring 17 of them.

And majority of the media has sympathized with the stone pelters! They even visited them in hospitals and created news, disseminating info about their cause on their behalf! And where the secularism mass, presstitudes, and anti-India hooligans try to bring the nation under their sway, turning the situation chaotic, it is time the nation awakes against such anti-India promoters and supporters.

This is what Yogeshwar Dutt, freestyle wrestler, during an online chit-chat with Manoshi Sinha, Editor of My India My Glory online magazine, opined about stone pelters: “The Army and Police in Kashmir should be empowered to open fire on stone pelters when the need arises. It is then that they will learn a lesson.”

According to a report, Pakistan has been provoking the youth and children in the valley to resort to stone pelting. Pakistan has even resorted to using social media platforms to provoke Kashmiri youth groups to pelt stones at security forces, notifying them beforehand whenever any encounter is to take place at a particular location between security forces and terrorists.

They are our protectors at the border. We, the protected, lead the carefree life according to our whims and caprices. While they sacrifice their lives for us, we act as silent spectators. While they put their lives at stake defending us against Naxalites and terrorists, we enjoy our freedom amid friends and families. Is the media’s gesture sympathizing with the stone pelters justified? It is an irony that the Supreme Court has directed the Centre to explore an alternative to pellet guns to control stone pelters.

Bipin Rawat, the Army chief, had already warned that civilians preventing army from doing its job would be dealt with strongly. Implementation of stricter measures to control stone pelting is the need of the hour.

Stone-pelting Representation Image Courtesy: View Kashmir Blogger.

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Anasuya Anand

Anasuya Anand calls herself a citizen of India rooted to HER rich glorious past.

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