‘Some answers can’t be given in yes or no’: Rajnath Singh on Kashmir human shield controversy

"We have concrete strategy for permanent solution in Kashmir," Rajnath Singh said while adding that the government would solve the Kashmir issue by "taking people into confidence."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 3, 2017 2:11 pm
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday responded to the human shield controversy in Kashmir which has been making waves over the last few weeks. “Some answers can’t be given in yes or no,” the Home Minister said at a press conference in New Delhi while presenting the report card of the Narendra Modi-led government.

“We have concrete strategy for permanent solution in Kashmir,” Singh said while adding that the government would solve the Kashmir issue by “taking people into confidence.” “We will remove all obstructions in the way to bring peace in Kashmir. We are ready to talk to everyone within the framework of constitution,” Singh said to the reporters.

During the Srinagar parliamentary seat bypoll election in April, Army Major Leetul Gogoi had tied a Budgam resident Farooq Ahmad Dar to an army jeep and allegedly used him as a shield against stone-pelters in the Valley. The Army had ordered a probe into the incident after a video of the incident surfaced on social media triggering public outcry.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat later rewarded Major Gogoi with the commendation medal and said that in order to counter the “dirty war” in Kashmir, army men had to come up with “innovative ways.” Pointing out that Major Gogoi could have opted for open firing but chose not to, he added that the armed forces have the right to self-defence.

“People are throwing stones at us, people are throwing petrol bombs at us. If my men ask me what do we do, should I say, just wait and die? I will come with a nice coffin with a national flag and I will send your bodies home with honour. Is it what I am supposed to tell them as chief? I have to maintain the morale of my troops who are operating there,” Gen Rawat said.

Acting on a complaint by a Bhubaneswar-based activist, National Human Rights Commission sought a report from the defence ministry seeking explanation on the action taken against the act. “It is requested that an action taken report be sent to the commission within four weeks of the receipt of this letter,” read the NHRC communication sent to the Secretary, Ministry of Defence as per PTI.

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    Ashish Biswas
    Jun 3, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    Controversy only for the media. Some media houses like NDTV are rated very low by the Indian masses. Otherwise great show by Major Gogoi. Good backing by the Government.
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      PK Mullah Aamir
      Jun 3, 2017 at 8:32 pm
      Pk: ये लोग दिन में 15 घंटे भूखे प्यासे क्यों रहते है? बुख़ारी: नामुराद ये लोग रोज़ा रहते है। Pk: काहे? बुख़ारी: अल्लाह का हुकुम है.. Pk: कवनो फिरकी ले रहा, अल्लाह क्यों चाहेगा की बच्चे इस गर्मी में भूखे प्यासे रहे... बुख़ारी: चुप कर नामुराद.....😡 Pk: एक बात और पूछनी थी? बुखारी: पूछ!!!😬 Pk: अल्लाह को अँधेरे में दिखाई नही देता क्या?😜 बुख़ारी: क्यूँ?😬 Pk: तभी तो सब सुबह होने से पहले खा लेते है और रात को सूरज ढलने के बाद खाते है....😳😳😳😳 जरूर कवनो फिरकी ले रहा है.... 🚩सभी हिंदुभाईको निवेदन है। की इस पोस्ट को PK से जादा हिट करो🚩🙏 आमिर खान से कहो "रोजा" ना रखे।। कोनो उसकी फिरकी ले रहा है।। क्योंकि उनका अल्लाह उनसे क्यों कहेगा कि 15-15 घंटे भूखे प्यासे रहो... # ई_राँग_नम्बर_है । —😜😜😜😜😜 हिन्दू त्यौहार पे जोक डालते हो तो इसे भी फोरवार्ड करो। इसे इतना शेयर करो की दूसरी बार हिन्दुओ की आस्था पर पिक्चर बनाने से पहले हजार बार सोचे।
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        Arun
        Jun 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm
        Army men are no different than gau rakshaks ?
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          Vnk
          Jun 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm
          U are no different than a stani Muslim.
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          PK Mullah Aamir
          Jun 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm
          Pk: ये लोग दिन में 15 घंटे भूखे प्यासे क्यों रहते है? बुख़ारी: नामुराद ये लोग रोज़ा रहते है। Pk: काहे? बुख़ारी: अल्लाह का हुकुम है.. Pk: कवनो फिरकी ले रहा, अल्लाह क्यों चाहेगा की बच्चे इस गर्मी में भूखे प्यासे रहे... बुख़ारी: चुप कर नामुराद.....😡 Pk: एक बात और पूछनी थी? बुखारी: पूछ!!!😬 Pk: अल्लाह को अँधेरे में दिखाई नही देता क्या?😜 बुख़ारी: क्यूँ?😬 Pk: तभी तो सब सुबह होने से पहले खा लेते है और रात को सूरज ढलने के बाद खाते है....😳😳😳😳 जरूर कवनो फिरकी ले रहा है.... 🚩सभी हिंदुभाईको निवेदन है। की इस पोस्ट को PK से जादा हिट करो🚩🙏 आमिर खान से कहो "रोजा" ना रखे।। कोनो उसकी फिरकी ले रहा है।। क्योंकि उनका अल्लाह उनसे क्यों कहेगा कि 15-15 घंटे भूखे प्यासे रहो... # ई_राँग_नम्बर_है । —😜😜😜😜😜 हिन्दू त्यौहार पे जोक डालते हो तो इसे भी फोरवार्ड करो। इसे इतना शेयर करो की दूसरी बार हिन्दुओ की आस्था पर पिक्चर बनाने से पहले हजार बार सोचे।
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            Babu Gupta
            Jun 3, 2017 at 6:37 pm
            Permanent solution to Kashmir problem should include, as minimum, abolition of article 370, bringing back all Pandits and other Hindus back to valley and sett retired Indian military persons (with suitable weapons to them) by giving them incentives. Until the jihadis are diluted, there would not be any peace. Wherever in the world (not only in Kashmir) when these religious jihadis becomes in majority, they do not allow to survive others.
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              s s nair
              Jun 3, 2017 at 4:46 pm
              NARENDRA MODI. SEPT 15, 2013:THE PROBLEM LIES IN DELHI, NOT AT THE BORDERS… ONLY A COMPETENT, PATRIOTIC AND PEOPLE ORIENTED GOVT AT THE CENTRE CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM. I WISH TO ASK THE PM, ARE YOU NOT WEAK? IF INDEED YOU ARE A STRONG GOVT COUNTRY NEEDS PROOF. AUG 13 INDIA IS GOING THROUGH A TROUBLED SITUATION. CHINA INTRUDES OUR BORDERS, STAN KILLS OUR SOLDIERS TIME AND AGAIN. BUT CENTRE DOES NOT ACT. SUSHMA SWARAJ OCTOBER 2015: WE DON’T NEED FOUR POINT PROPOSAL. WE NEED JUST ONE. GIVE UP TERRORISM AND LET US SIT GET 10 HEADS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BORDER… STAN DID NOT RETURN THE SEVERED HEAD OF ARMY JAWAN HEMRAJ. GIRIRAJ SING What is your reply?
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                P.K.GHOSH
                Jun 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm
                " I am confused.....what should I say"
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                  Samir Thapa
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 3:59 pm
                  Somebody has to think how many lives did the Major saved by doing that. Did he save 10 lives ? Can answer be in Yes or No?
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                  SUKUMAR BHATTACHARYA
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm
                  Army men have every right to defend themselves. The same army men helped them at the time of flood. Namak haram.
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