Change “soft” policy towards separatists: BJP to J&K Govt

RSTV Bureau
Photo – PTI

Photo – PTI

BJP has demanded its own government in Jammu and Kashmir to revise policy towards separatists. Terming the government policy as “soft” and one which is affecting business and tourism, the BJP demanded that security given to separatists be withdrawn and they be put behind bars.

BJP, which is in a ruling alliance with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s-PDP since March 2015, also demanded that concrete steps be taken to prevent the youths from being lured by terrorist groups.

“The government should revise its policy towards the separatists. The government should withdraw the security given to separatists and put them behind bars under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for indulging in anti-social and anti-national activities,” BJP spokesperson in the state Virendra Gupta said in Jammu.

Flagging the issue before his government, Gupta also added that despite their anti-India activities, the separatists were enjoying special privileges, including security cover provided by the state government.

FILE: Srinagar: File photo of Police in action against the members of  Tehreek-e-Hurriyat who were taking out a protest march against the killing of four persons in Handwara, in Srinagar, April 15, 2016. Photo - PTI

FILE: Srinagar: File photo of Police in action against the members of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat who were taking out a protest march against the killing of four persons in Handwara, in Srinagar, April 15, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The BJP had, earlier as well, raised concerns over frequent protests, violence and even the hoisting of Pakistani and ISIS flags in Kashmir Valley.

“All these incidents are taking place at the instigation of separatists,” Virendra Gupta said referring to the incidents, adding “recently, a separatist leader, along with his supporters, slapped a policeman who was discharging his duty in Srinagar”.

The BJP spokesperson went on to say that “soft policy” towards separatists has on one hand encouraged anti-India forces and anti-social elements and on the other, demoralised security forces and the masses.

“Soft policy towards separatists is demoralising security forces who are fighting to curb militancy and sacrificing their lives. These separatists are continuously disturbing the peace by holding the Valley to ransom thereby affecting business and tourism industry,” he said.

Cautioning that the situation might worsen if steps are not take, he asked the PDP-BJP coalition government to take strong action against separatists.

(With inputs from the PTI)