Mehbooba Mufti to Army Chief: Videos of troop excesses undo progress made

J&K CM calls for action against guilty, warns of national, international fallout

Written by Muzamil Jaleel | New Delhi | Published:April 16, 2017 5:19 am
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WITH NEW videos of alleged excesses by security personnel emerging in Kashmir, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is learnt to have told Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday that “such conduct of the troops” is “washing away all the progress that the Army has achieved in the Valley over the years”. She has also “sought action” against those responsible.

General Rawat called on Mehbooba in the Capital on Saturday, a day after a video showing a youth tied to the bonnet of an Army jeep in Budgam district surfaced. Sources said “a deeply distraught” Mehbooba told him that such actions have “serious repercussions”, and “appealed for immediate corrective action”.

According to sources, she told him that “while such actions have very serious ramifications for the state, they have far-reaching national and international implications too… it shouldn’t have happened, because it has completely undone whatever progress we have made in the last several years”.

Mehbooba told Gen Rawat that the Army jeep video “has created such a negative image and people are outraged”. She expressed hope that the Army would “take immediate steps to undo the damage”.

“Danday se kuchch nahin niklega (Nothing will come out of the use of force). Whatever has happened till now has happened. Now it shouldn’t be repeated again,’’ Mehbooba is learnt to have told the Army Chief. “Our only choice is to reach out to the people. You (Army) yourself have been conducting Sadbhavna operations and tours for (Kashmiri) youngsters for years. This approach will completely destroy that”.

Sources close to Mehbooba said the Army chief “assured her that he will do something about it”.

Some more videos surfaced on Saturday purportedly showing security personnel using excessive force. Sources said the nature of the videos indicated that it was an “inside” job, most probably recorded by a member of the security team. Mehbooba is learnt to have expressed “displeasure” and emphasised the need for immediate course correction.

In a 53-second long video, a group of youths are being beaten up and made to shout anti-Pakistan slogans. In another 22-second long video, a youth is being beaten with sticks as he shouts for help. Sources said Mehbooba has seen these videos.

Sources said Mehbooba had planned to visit Delhi over the weekend to meet her children and was also planning to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders. “But the Prime Minister and other leaders have all gone to Bhubaneswar,’’ sources said. The last time Modi spoke to Mehbooba was on April 7, when the incessant rainfall had sparked fears of a flood in Kashmir.

Earlier in the day, General Rawat also met J&K Governor N N Vohra in Jammu, where he briefed him on the prevailing situation in Kashmir. “He (General Rawat) was supposed to meet Mehbooba as well in Jammu. But because she had come to Delhi, he called on her at her official residence here,’’ said sources.

Meanwhile, sources said the Army has begun its internal investigation into the Army jeep video. The Army is also investigating two other videos, said sources.

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said the veracity of the videos was being ascertained. “Action will be taken against those found guilty of misconduct,’’ he said.

— With inputs from Mir Ehsan

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    Auginpk
    Apr 16, 2017 at 9:49 pm
    The current situation is not the reflection for deterioration of situation. This is a see-saw situation which will keep happening in cyclic manner till final settlement. In Khalistan the so called khalistani were smart who understood the futility of their efforts and are again proud contributor in development of the nation. Sooner the Kashmiris separatists understood the better for Kashmir.
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      Rakesh Pandit
      Apr 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm
      Mehbooba Mufti should first stop her po ce from pelting stones. She should "advise" the army later. Much later. Has she shown any alternative method to discourage hooligans in kashmir? Stone pelting is undoing millions of Rupees spent ftom our pocket on Kashmir. If she has no control on kashmiri muslims who provoke security forces, her advise carries no importance and should be ignored.
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        Ashish Biswas
        Apr 16, 2017 at 10:08 am
        Army must use both stick and carrot policy irrespective what the Kashmir government says. Presently more stick is required where it hurts most .
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          rameshnk
          Apr 16, 2017 at 9:43 am
          This Begum Mufti is a useless and worthless CM. God only Kashmit from such inept and useless leaders. No wonder Kashmir is in such amess. Ofourse all politicains of Kashmir are thorughly useless ans morally corrupt. Begum worrie so much of videos but wwhat about acts of indiscipline - stomne throwing, attacking security men, stan flags, misuse of Mosques and so many other things. The useless lady has nothing to say on that. Kashmir is a fit case for Governors rule. There should be no role for this humbug politicos. The other thing it is time to call the bluff of tthe so called seaparatists leaders.
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            raghav
            Apr 16, 2017 at 9:04 am
            Army must be given a free hand in dealing the anti nationals, if it means bringing President's rule in kashmir. These bas.tards are unfit for democracy rule. Aid which is alloted to the state must be curtailed if the people continue to behave against India. Once their wings gets clipped, the hey will feel the pain in their as.s s.
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              KAPIL DEV
              Apr 16, 2017 at 8:32 am
              These all kashmiri muslim leaders are pro stani and support stan terrorism in kashmir . they all when in power and enjoys government perks use different language and after power they come in their true color LIKE. farooq abdullah. in the video terrorist were beating our jawan he was helpless inspite he had gun . but their hands are chained by napunsak governments . farooq. and his son who were minister in upa congress led government justify pelting of stones by muslim terrorist who once were chief minister . so they are not believable rawat meeting mehabooba for explanation shown our cowardness . these pro stani leader farooq, mehaboobe never lamented for the loss of lives of our soldiers. in israel no leader question military action against terrorist . we should take lesson from.donald trump who for the sake of one their solider life he bombarded the mother of bomb of ten thousand kilo ammunition in the border of stan. so if rawat is weak he should be removed
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                Rajveer Singh
                Apr 16, 2017 at 8:27 am
                Army can do all. Army has lost Kashmir, even the soldiers deplo are afraid to perform duties. Soldiers are not clear of Rules of Engagement...... poor training is spoiling India image. It's not political slogans which the people like. Pekisatan is getting upper hand day by day
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                  ASHOK
                  Apr 16, 2017 at 8:09 am
                  Mr MODI can India have a full time Defence Minister who will not run away
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                    sanajy
                    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:07 am
                    Madar ch0d Farouq Abdullahs and his son bhen ch0d should be launched and paraded naked In haramjaade baap beton nein 3 generations se ye zeher failaya, ab social media pe aa jata hai
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                      T
                      Apr 16, 2017 at 4:51 pm
                      What kind of nasty person you are.? I wonder whether you belong to a respectable family. You are using such a filthy language on page which is read by many respectable people. Refrain from writing such nonsense and nuisance.
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                      Pankaj Rai
                      Apr 16, 2017 at 7:46 am
                      The kind of pressure to which the Army Chief is being subjected to by Ms Mufti is deplorable. Under which provision of law is pelting stones at CRPF or Indian Army justified? The only corrective action that I believe in is that political leaders cutting across party lines offer w hearted support to the security forces who are behaving with restraint in an extremely difficult situation.
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                        Sheik Mohamed
                        Apr 16, 2017 at 6:57 am
                        This is only eye was measure by Ms.Mufti, in the past she supported army action against civilians, by stating that those who gone near army camps for protests was not aimed to fetch milk. Shame on her part and Indian Army deplo as security agencies who had broken Geneva convention. With this kind of scenarios, how can you handle Baluchistan affairs when you are incapable of handling Kashmir in an appropriate manner, that too even after taking reins at Center by saffronized party who is an alliance partner to rule J&K with PDP.
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                          George Cruz
                          Apr 16, 2017 at 7:20 am
                          Geneva convention??? The J&K is an integral part of India and talking about Geneva convention in this context is a total stupidity and a Total non sense. Even in the western democratic countries if one tries to pelt stones at the armed forces in any of the 50 states, it is considered as anti-national, and the armed forces have the right to shoot that person.
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                            KAPIL DEV
                            Apr 16, 2017 at 8:51 am
                            congress and all pseudo are supporter of stani terrorist . they only want power by getting their votes en block and enjoy power and perks of government . they are really enemy of india who question proof of surgical strike and capturing of terrorist who was pelting stone on jawans . mehbooba how dare to call RAWAT FOR explanation .if we allow these party power they will sell india to stan a day will come when like in kashmir KASHMIRI PUNDITS LADIES WERE ABDUCTED , MOLESTED AND PUNDITS WERE KILLED THEIR HOUSES WERE BURNT ARE LIVING IN EXILE IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY IN CONGRESS RULE . UNDER THESE CIR STANCES YOGI SHOULD BE MADE DEFENSE MINISTER AND ALIKE JAGJIT SINGH ARORA SHOULD BE MADE ARMY CHIEF WHO ARRESTED NINETY THOUSAND SOLDIERS AND NIAZI SURRENDERED BEFORE GENERAL ARORA . SUCH MILITARY CHIEF OF STAFF IS REQUIRED NOT ONLY STATEMENTS RAWAT MEETING OF MEHBOOBA FOR EXPLANATION SHOWS OUR WEAKNESS AS SHE WAS SUPPORTING TERRORISM A . RAWAT HAS INSULTED THE NATION ?
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                            George Cruz
                            Apr 16, 2017 at 6:53 am
                            Where is the justice to the brave Indian Jawans who have sacrificed their lives defending the nation against the Kashmir separatist Muslim pelting stones?????? More over the millions of Indian soldiers have sacrificed their lives defending the J&K against the Kashmir separatist terror groups like the Hurriyat and the LeT.The justice can't be one way street. The J&K is and has been an integral part of India since 1947 and will remain so forever. The immediate solution should be to strengthen the Armed forces and zero tolerance should be shown towards these misguided Muslim youth. The CM Mehbooba Mufti is talking about the international consequences which is a total non sense. The Indian army should give "shoot at sight" powers at these anti-nationals.
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                              Pork Kabab
                              Apr 16, 2017 at 6:36 am
                              Army should say, "gove us freehand" or they should not go inside Kashmir. No army jawan should be killed by terorists.
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                                SP
                                Apr 16, 2017 at 6:26 am
                                Stone pelting should result in loss of citizenship. Now it is not punished seriously enough.
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                                  vnksk
                                  Apr 16, 2017 at 6:18 am
                                  Mehbooba is a useless politician. Does she has any influence on Pattharwaz? Whon does she represents? Dismiss this govt. Abrogate Art 370 and integrate Kashmir. Settle Kashmiri hindus by reserving 20 of the valley area for them.
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                                    murty
                                    Apr 16, 2017 at 6:13 am
                                    Unfortunately media has become anti national only publishing anti defense personnel vidieo but not stone pelting on forces by terrier sympathetic goons unfortunate things.
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                                      harun
                                      Apr 16, 2017 at 5:45 am
                                      Mufti is just using the victims to enhance her political standing. Atleast the Ary Chief has accepted that he will take action. But what has Mufti done to provide succour. Yes those heckling Jawans should be canned and jailed,that in no way absolves the Jawans from Openly violating Human Rights. AFSPA will provide immunity. The veiws expressed say Kashmiris dont but Kashmir does matter. Yes Militants must be shot dead ,stone pelters provding cover must be hanged. But does the Army not function under some norms. When will all this stop
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                                        Krishna
                                        Apr 16, 2017 at 5:41 am
                                        "Troop excesses" is when army men are hit by separatists, multiple times! Not the other way around. What the troops did as retaliation is commendable for its innovation, and every army vehicle should do that. It's the best and the most non-violent practice.
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