Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on stone pelters: Can’t ask soldiers to ‘just wait and die’

Defending the human shield incident, Rawat said,"When people are throwing stones and petrol bombs at us, I cannot tell my men just wait and die."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 28, 2017 6:18 pm
bipin rawat, army chief, army, kashmir, major gogoi Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat also said it would have been easier for the armed forces if the protesters were firing weapons instead of throwing stones.. (Source: PTI)

Throwing his weight behind the officer who used a local Kashmiri as a human shield to counter stone-pelters, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday insisted that troops need innovative ways to fight against “dirty war” in violence-hit Kashmir. “This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war…. That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations,” Rawat was quoted as saying by PTI.

Stoutly defending the incident, Rawat said he cannot ask his men to “just wait and die” when locals resort to stone pelting and hurling petrol bombs at them. He also said it would have been easier for the armed forces if the protesters were firing weapons instead of throwing stones. “In fact, I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I (want to do),” he said.

The Army Chief was responding to a query relating to awarding a commendation medal to Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a man to the bonnet of an army jeep and used him as a human shield from stone throwers last month. The officer was awarded for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations. A video of the incident had triggered a row with many human rights activists, Kashmiri groups, and a few retired army generals condemning it.

General Rawat also backed the decision to award Major Gogoi and said it was his duty to lift the morale of the army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. “As Army Chief my concern is morale of the Army. That is my job. I am far away from the battle field. I cannot influence the situation there. I can only tell the boys that I am with you. I always tell my people, things will go wrong, but if things have gone wrong and you did not have malafide intent, I am there,” he said.

Commenting on the prevailing situation in Kashmir, Rawat said, “It will have to be a composite solution. Everybody will have to get involved. Army’s role is to ensure that violence does not take place and the common man who is not indulging in this (violence) is protected,” he said, when asked about the solution to the Kashmir issue.

With inputs from PTI

 

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    Tats
    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:27 am
    “In fact, I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I (want to do)” Its seems the Army General does not intend to defend the Countrymen. He is being parochial in his approach. "Dirty war?" Indeed.
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      Raja Raghupati
      May 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm
      एक मिनिट मे दंगा (पत्थर बाजी)समाप्ति की नयी तरकीब HOW TO STOP RIOT WITH IN A MINUTE 1 ) MAKE FOLLOWING LAW while riot. if---. anybody doing an act . which may result to kill other.(LIKE THROWING STONE ,OR SETTING FIRE ) then, police can fire ,to injure or kill it in order to save their own or other peoples life with out waiting for the order. दंगो के दर्मियान पोलीस या अन्य किसी कि जान लेने कि कोशिश करणे वाले (पत्थर फेक कर या अन्य शस्त्र द्वारा )को पोलीस द्वारा उसी समय मारने की अनुमती ,देणे वाला कानून बनाना चाहिये 2) ATTACH CAMERA TO POLICE WEAPON पोलीस -रायफल को एक कॅमेरा जुडा हो(कॅमेरा रायफल ) ,जो दंगे का विशेषता पोलीस द्वारा मारेगये व्यक्ती का ठीक गुनाह करते समय(पत्थर फेकते समय )का चित्रीकरण कोर्ट मे दिखा सके . बस इस व्यवस्था के बाद कोई भी हिंसक दंगा नही हो सकता,हुवा तो कॅमेरा रायफलवाला पोलिस वहा पहुंचतेहि वह एक मामुली आंदोलन बन जायेगा पत्थर फेंकना तो दूर मौत के डर लोक हात भी उपर नही उठायेंगे A camera records police action while riot.
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        Raja Raghupati
        May 29, 2017 at 3:37 pm
        एक मिनिट मे दंगा (पत्थर बाजी)समाप्ति की नयी तरकीब HOW TO STOP RIOT WITH IN A MINUTE 1 ) MAKE FOLLOWING LAW while riot. if---. anybody doing an act . which may result to kill other.(LIKE THROWING STONE ,OR SETTING FIRE ) then, police can fire ,to injure or kill it in order to save their own or other peoples life with out waiting for the order. दंगो के दर्मियान पोलीस या अन्य किसी कि जान लेने कि कोशिश करणे वाले (पत्थर फेक कर या अन्य शस्त्र द्वारा )को पोलीस द्वारा उसी समय मारने की अनुमती ,देणे वाला कानून बनाना चाहिये 2) ATTACH CAMERA TO POLICE WEAPON पोलीस -रायफल को एक कॅमेरा जुडा हो(कॅमेरा रायफल ) ,जो दंगे का विशेषता पोलीस द्वारा मारेगये व्यक्ती का ठीक गुनाह करते समय(पत्थर फेकते समय )का चित्रीकरण कोर्ट मे दिखा सके . बस इस व्यवस्था के बाद कोई भी हिंसक दंगा नही हो सकता,हुवा तो कॅमेरा रायफलवाला पोलिस वहा पहुंचतेहि वह एक मामुली आंदोलन बन जायेगा पत्थर फेंकना तो दूर मौत के डर लोक हात भी उपर नही उठायेंगे A camera records police action while riot.
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          Tats
          Jun 16, 2017 at 12:25 am
          You do realise this will apply to Jat andolankaris, farmer protesters etc. as well, right?
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          shahzad khan
          May 29, 2017 at 5:03 am
          the bottom line is kashmir is a historical issue...you cannot just say that kashmiris should go to stan...If India is a little bit of self respect left and it implements the UN resolutions on kashmir, India will lose kashmir...Kashmiri people have been promised a plebiscite time and time by Indian leaders ....Remember its not about kashmir...its about the catchment areas of all the rivers coming out of the catchment areas..We Indians need to look within ourself and stop blaming other people..We have done grave injustice to the people of kashmir since the last 70 years..
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            Shafted mohammed
            May 29, 2017 at 5:38 am
            You brainless and illiterate coward have you read the UN resolution. First condition is stan has to remove all its army and each and every stani and Chinese from pak occupied Kashmir and then if the UN observers are convinced that the conditions are fulfilled then a plebicide in Indian administered Kashmir would be advised. Please let stan fulfill the first condition.
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            Kaul
            May 29, 2017 at 2:37 am
            we kashmiris dont like indians. kashmir is for kashmiris only..... like bihar is for biharis and tamil nadu for tamils. Gen Bipin Rawat is a known molester. he was thrown out of UN mission from congo and found guilty of rape charges. This is ur army chief India. Indian army is hijda army. Chaddi army...kil teen age boys and for just 100 teen agers you have seven lakh army...pooooh...you are looters and thieves..Now the dogs will start barking...1...2...3....
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              Lovely
              May 29, 2017 at 4:54 am
              You may go to PoK created by Phakisthan
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              Ash
              May 29, 2017 at 1:47 am
              Saying that he can't ask his men to wait and die,is a bit overdramatic.They could always seek help or backup from other units.The unit was facing stone pelters,and the army unit had reinforced carriers,so it seems a bit exaggerated to say the unit could have been killed.This pelting has been going on for many years : I have yet to hear of a unit being killed by stone pelting crowd.Can only say that army is using wrong language.They are not at war in Kashmir with the local population.That will happen when the kashmiries start arming themselves.Distastefully handled,and getting mudier by the day.Stop using the nationalist card.Would like him to use this tactic in Haryana against the jats.
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                Girish Rao
                May 29, 2017 at 2:07 am
                Let them arm then you see the forces but these kashmiri separatist cowards put forward women and children
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                  Jay Smith
                  May 29, 2017 at 3:07 am
                  i,,ing ,, go to the front line once face a stone pelting mob and then talk. Every arm chair critic is an expert in his bedroom .People like you should be tied to army vehicles in Kashmir.
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                    Jay Smith
                    May 29, 2017 at 3:08 am
                    .. g ,,
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                    bil
                    May 29, 2017 at 12:57 am
                    WHEN IT COMES TO PUNISHING BRAVE JAWANS WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT OFFICERS TREATING THEM LIKE DOMESTIC SERVANTS ; THIS ROTTON GENERAL IS BOW WOW. EHEN IT COMES TO PUNISHING STAN HE BECOMES MIAO MIAO.
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                      prem sobti
                      May 29, 2017 at 12:07 am
                      Why stone pelted must be shot at: 1. In modern time even if u bend down to pick a stone to hit a dog in your neighbourbood, he is going to bite before u can even pick up the stone. 2. Show even one stone pelter or a human whose skull can not be cracked with a stone. 3. Even a snake can bite in self defence, our forces have full right to send them to graves. Call all stone pelts for a day to fight our forces until it ends...let them bring their parents so that there would be no one left to cry or complain.
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