Ex-gratia to stone pelters abuse to national sentiments: Harsh

NPP leader Harsh Dev Singh addressing press conference in Jammu on Sunday.
NPP leader Harsh Dev Singh addressing press conference in Jammu on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 15: Lambasting the State Government for glorifying the subversive anti-nationals and disregarding the supreme sacrifices made by the martyrs who laid down their lives while guarding the motherland, J&K National Panthers Party chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh dubbed the recent ex-gratia to next of kin of militants and stone pelters as downright abuse to the national sentiments.
Talking to the media persons here today, Harsh Dev regretted that close on the heels of ex-gratia announced in favour of next of the kin of Burhan Wani’s brother Khalid Muzaffar Wani, an OGW of Hizbul Mujahideen, the Chief Minister made yet another obnoxious announcement regarding compensation and Govt jobs to the NOKs of stone pelters who had waged war against the State.
He lamented that Rs 5 lakhs would be paid as ex-gratia along with Govt jobs in specified cases to the family members of the subversives who died while fighting the security forces in the recent turmoil in Kashmir. Deploring the criminal silence of the BJP over the issue, Singh said that the Saffron party had forgotten its kernel philosophy and can go to any extent for the sake of power. Accusing the BJP- PDP combine of glorifying the militants, he wondered that under which policy was the ex-gratia and jobs announced for those who had waged war against the State, torched schools, destroyed over 50 Police Stations and security camps, snatched weapons from armed forces, killed several security personnel and injured several thousands, while the State coffers remained dry for the martyrs.
He divulged that those sons of soil who laid down their lives during Amarnath Ji land row had been dishonoured and forgotten by the BJP partnered Government. Moreover, it had registered several police cases against those who raised slogans of ‘Vande Matram’ in Rajouri, Poonch and also those students of NIT Srinagar who unfurled National flag in Srinagar. He questioned the State Govt and the BJP in particular that what kind of regime was running in the State where the compensation was announced for the militants and the anti-nationals but the nationalists and the martyrs were mortified.