JAMMU, Dec 7: Expressing solidarity with the patriots who were detained while unfurling `Tricolour’ at Lal Chowk in Srinagar a day ago, National Panthers Party activists led by party chairman Harsh Dev Singh and state president Balwant Singh Mankotia staged a protest demonstration against the BJP at Exhibition Ground here today.
The agitated protestors while raising ant-Government and anti-BJP slogans accused Saffron brigade of being hand in glove with PDP in suppressing the nationalists in the State to enjoy the power ride with its ally.
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Addressing the media, Harsh Dev regretted that six patriots were despicably arrested and detained by the J&K Police while they were hoisting the `Tricolour’ at Lal Chowk, Srinagar in a bid to give a befitting reply to the secessionist forces and Kashmir centric parties who were issuing anti-national and seditious statements challenging the integrity of the State and the country.
Recalling such obnoxious incidents which had seriously discouraged the morale of the nationalist people showing respect to the national symbols, Singh said that during the Independence Day this year, a Kashmiri Pandit lady was also stopped and detained for raising slogans of “Vande Matram” and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” at Lal Chowk Srinagar amid shut down called by the separatists. “The perfidious silence of the BJP came to fore during the NIT Kashmir row when the nationalist students were maltreated, threatened, baton charged and abused for upholding the honour of the Tricolor and confronting the anti- national elements.
While the State police invoked numerous criminal charges against the students which led to their exodus from the Valley, the BJP leaders maintained criminal silence and remained callous over the plight of the young patriots. Likewise, several police cases were also registered against those who raised slogans of “Vande Matram” in Rajouri”, anguished Harsh Dev added.
Lambasting the BJP’s hollow slogan of incongruous stand on Nationalism, Harsh Dev rued that its chauvinistic posturing and persistent chest thumping against the anti-national elements had miserably fallen flat on Kashmir turf. He said that the secessionist ideology in Kashmir got a boost when CM Mehbooba Mufti ordered the withdrawal of 744 cases of stone pelting against 4327 youths in Kashmir recently on the directions of the BJP to release 4500 first time stone pelters as amnesty in a bid to win the hearts of the subversives and the anti-nationals.