Attempts being made to revive militancy in erstwhile Doda: BJP

BJP MP Shamsher Singh Manhas addressing a press conference in the presence of other senior party leaders at Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh
BJP MP Shamsher Singh Manhas addressing a press conference in the presence of other senior party leaders at Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 22: The elimination of Parihar brothers and Chanderkant Sharma in Kishtwar and the recent killing in Kaach village of Nalthi area of Bhaderwah indicate that a conspiracy is being hatched to terrorize the Hindu minority in the erstwhile Doda district by reviving militancy in the area.
This was alleged by BJP senior leader and MP Shamsher Singh Manhas, while briefing the media about on the spot assessment of the situation arising out of killing in Bhaderwah, which houses the maximum population of BPL families.
He said that a fact finding team of BJP led by him and comprising of State general Secretary (Org) Ashok Kaul, State general secretary Dr Narinder Singh, former Minister and State general secretary Sunil Sharma, former Minister Shakti Parihar and former MLA Dalip Parihar, during its visit to Bhaderwah, found that the killing resulted due to rivalry of drug peddlers and bovine smugglers and is being intentionally and mischievously communalized by anti-national elements. The Hindus were targeted and their properties in Seri Bazar damaged, which has sent a wave of terror and insecurity among the minority community.
The local people were of the view that the killing could have been averted, had the local administration acted in time, stated Manhas and added that there have also been the apprehensions, that these incidents have their roots connected to terrorist groups based in Kashmir.
Manhas said that the people of Kishtwar wants decisive and immediate action on the part of police and civil administration to strengthen VDCs, revive SOG and STF so that the anti-national forces do not succeed in their nefarious game plan of reviving the militancy in this hilly district. He said that the people also demanded around the clock patrolling by the police and security forces so that the people feel secure and live in peace.
BJP State general secretary Dr Narinder Singh, former Minister Shakti Parihar and State spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan were also present in the press conference.