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Armed forces deserve salutes not stones in Kashmir: BJP

BJP leader expressed hope that anti-social elements will also join hands with defence forces in rescue operations.

By: Press Trust of India | Jammu | Updated: September 15, 2014 8:55 pm
Army personnel rescue civilians at the Haft Chinar in Srinagar in Kashmir. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) Army personnel rescue civilians at the Haft Chinar in Srinagar in Kashmir. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Expressing disappointment over incidents of stone pelting on armed forces in Kashmir Valley, on Monday BJP said those men from Army, IAF and security agencies, who are tirelessly working to rescue flood victims, deserve to be felicitated instead of being attacked with stones.

“We condemn the repeated incidents of stone pelting on the men of Indian army and other forces, who have come to the post floods rescue of the people in Kashmir in particular,” BJP state spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan told reporters.

He said it is “unfortunate and disappointing” that some anti-social elements at the behest of separatists are attacking these armed forces men, who have come as “messiah” in the hour of grief and sorrow.

The army and security personnel have been working round-the-clock during the last few days to reach out to the people who are stranded across the flood-hit Valley, he said.

“A force which discharges multiple duties without caring for its own safety should never be insulted by throwing stones, rather it should be applauded and saluted,” Rattan said and expressed hope that anti-social elements will also join hands with defence forces in rescue operations.

The BJP leader also appreciated prompt action taken by the Narendra Modi Government in providing relief and rescue and said PMO is keeping a vigil on the flood-hit state.

“Whatever is being done by the Union Government is its commitment to stand by the people of the state, who perhaps have lost hopes from the state’s NC-Congress coalition government,” he added.

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  1. Harish Sharma
    Sep 16, 2014 at 7:47 am
    yes this is our army n we salute them.when donot take them as your army then why bother if they are helping you or not.better you call your army.jai hind
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      Narendar
      Sep 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm
      where ids the doubt. The soldiers with total disregard to personal safety and of their families in Valley went about the task unruffled and with total dedication.
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        Nishant
        Sep 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm
        Pelting stones at someone who is helping others to save their lives is not good, even if he or she is one's enemy. Only when one's goodness has vanished to it's inner core, that one is capable of doing this kind of demonic act. By doing this, one ceases to be a human, and becomes an innate devil. This would be obvious to everyone at that scene, who is who ! Those being pelted with stones, have a full right to retaliate, and they must; especially in a situation like this in order to demonstrate who needs mandated punishment, and who needs help.
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          saeed raja
          Sep 16, 2014 at 4:01 am
          it has been so many days after the flood , what has your army done up till now ,, is this your army ??? they couldn't even rescue people or restore the daily life up till now ,,,,,,, yes they deserve stones if they haven't yet completed their task
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            Sarang Ghanshyam
            Sep 16, 2014 at 6:28 am
            ...and what have your fanatics done....you talk about rehabilitation because the army has saved people. If army was not there, there would be no one to rehabilitate...do you think its a magic trick. Its hard work and takes time to restore normalcy
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