Lok Sabha MP and president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Capt Amarinder Singh locked horns with the Army’s Northern Command on Twitter on Monday over the treatment meted out to troops involved in the Budgam incident of November 2014.
In an article in a newspaper, Captain Amarinder Singh had written about the Army’s role in counter insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and how some troops were facing action in the Budgam incident in which two civilians were killed when their vehicle did not stop at a check point. Reacting to this, the Northern Command tweeted saying that no Army soldier or officer had been court martialled or imprisoned for the incident.
Amarinder, who is a keen military historian and analyst, tweeted that a Court of Inquiry had indicted nine soldiers and that Summary of Evidence proceedings were on which will lead to a court martial.
He further asked what was the fault of the Army personnel who were deployed at the check point and questioned what were the orders which they were to follow in an insurgency prone area. He also questioned why the troops were being blamed.
He ended his barrage by saying that he realised that the Army was doing a difficult task in J&K adding that it should stand by its troops.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Capt Amarinder Singh said that the troops were being made a scapegoat. “The other day a mob tried to snatch weapons from a group of Army jawans and they had to fire to defend themselves resulting in casualties. Army in Northern Command has apologised for that too. Why? What was the choice for the section commander? Should he have allowed the weapons to be snatched?,” he asked.
Amarinder added that insurgency in J&K was well thought of plan by ISI of Pakistan and that no peace in the state would be possible if ISI was not broken.