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Jammu & Kashmir flood: Charges of discrimination ‘malicious and insidious,’ says Army

Army said it is committed to the task at hand and does not discriminate on the basis of caste, religion, creed or region.

By: PTI | Udhampur | Updated: September 15, 2014 6:40 pm
Stranded tourists from flood affected areas of Jammu & Kashmir being evacuated in Srinagar on Thursday. Source: PTI Photo Stranded tourists from flood affected areas of Jammu & Kashmir being evacuated in Srinagar on Thursday. Source: PTI Photo

Refuting charges as “malicious and insidious” that preference was being given to tourists and out of state residents in their rescue efforts, Army on Monday said it is committed to the task at hand and does not discriminate on the basis of caste, religion, creed or region.

“Northern Command categorically refutes these charges as malicious and insidious (that Army in their rescue efforts, has been giving preference to tourists and out of state residents)”, a senior Army officer said here.

Over the last few days, some individuals have been spreading the such rumours, he said.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the Army has launched spontaneous rescue operations as the first responders across the entire state, the officer said.

Rescue efforts were carried out without any regional distinction, in the highest traditions of the Indian Armed Forces, and the newspapers, social media and electronic media are providing ample evidence of the same, he added.

“Indian Army is committed to the task at hand and does not discriminate on the basis of caste, religion, creed or region”, the officer stressed.

In this humanitarian crisis, our boat patrols worked tirelessly through extremely difficult conditions, and the identity of the beleaguered members of the Awaam (people) was neither possible nor practical to ascertain during the rescue, he said.

These rescue efforts have now been joined by local volunteers, which is a welcome step, and were always launched in close concert with the civil administration and police, he said.

“Not a single specific case has been reported where persons were denied rescue or relief because of their ethnicity, region or social status,” he said.

“It is pertinent to mention that large parts of the state were addressed by our teams throughout this mammoth rescue and relief effort, including South Kashmir and Jammu region, wherein the population was primarily local residents.

The statistics speak for themselves.

“A difficult and challenging task lies ahead where everyone will require to work together to mitigate the effects of the natural disaster which struck the state”, the officer said.

Belittling the efforts of those who have sought to bring relief to the people will only distract from this important task at hand, he said.

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    keyser
    Sep 15, 2014 at 11:53 pm
    Yes, army is doing a great job under very trying cirstances. The bigoted minds of the separatists are seething with envy and resentment at this selfless service by the army, which thanks to TV channels is as clear as the sun at noon. Sad, really to see what s of human beings these separatists have become.
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      khan
      Sep 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm
      Reality on ground shows evidence of otherwise. Does army has anything besides 'claims' of non-discrimination??????? Don't just show pictures, show where the the relief camps are, and where the people are?
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        Narendar
        Sep 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm
        Army does not discriminate in terms of caste religion or community and nationality. It does it's bit selflessly.
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          Shankar Roychowdhury
          Sep 15, 2014 at 1:57 pm
          Even If any such priority had indeed been given (I do NOT think it was), it still makes sense. Evacuate "outsiders " at the earliest, on returning flights OUT of Srinagar, so that all resources within the disaster scene can be concentrated on rescue and relief operations of the local potion.
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            Shailoo
            Sep 18, 2014 at 9:04 am
            The Indian Army are performing the rescue ops par Excellence....People must know to distinguish as of which topic has to spread as gossip,instead of Ridiculing the efforts of the great men who pledge their lives to save us
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