Pakistan using social media to incite youth in Kashmir: Rajnath

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB

On Friday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh accused Pakistan of using the social media to incite youths in Kashmir to storm encounter sites to help holed-up militants.

The Home Minister made the statement after some Lok Sabha members raised issue of Bugam firing incident where three civilians had died in the firing by security forces.

TMC’s Saugata Roy, who sought the Home Minister’s intervention, expressed concern over the grave situation in the Kashmir Valley.

Singh explained that the region had seen a “new trend” in which youth from nearby villages gather at the sites of encounter between security forces and terrorists and pelt stones to help the militants holed-up there to flee.

“I will appeal to youths not to be misled by Pakistan. Some social media applications like Whatsapp and Facebook are used to gather youths at places of encounters. These groups are based in Pakistan…Security forces are dealing with terrorists exactly the way they should, and will continue to do so. I want to say that we will definitely be successful,” Rajnath said.

Pakistan-sponsored terrorists are trying to destabilise not only Kashmir but entire India, he said.

To this, Roy noted that he was a member of the all-party delegation which had visited Kashmir earlier, and the situation there had again become very grave.

Congress’ KC Venugopal also raised concern over the deaths of civilians during encounters between the forces and militants.

(With inputs from PTI)