JKNPP protests on PM’s visit, demands withdrawal of ceasefire

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19:  Drawing the attention of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi towards the blatant disregard and ignorance of the burning issues haunting Jammu region both by the Centre and the State Governments, Panther activists led by Harsh Dev Singh, chairman Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) staged a protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground here, today. The agitated protesters tying black bands on their forearms as a mark of resentment raised anti- Government slogans and torched the effigy of the BJP.
Strongly condemning the spurt in violence especially on the borders following the declaration of the suspension of combat operations in J&K by the GoI, Harsh Dev Singh urged the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to revoke the decision of unilateral ceasefire which had backfired immediately after the said announcement. He said that in the wake of separatists and other terror organizations rejecting the Government’s move, Pakistan opened unprovoked fire and lobbed mortars over 15 Indian posts and civilian areas along the IB in Samba and Kathua districts leading to panic and killing of one BSF soldier, four civilians besides critically injuring more than dozen people.
He said that the Pak sponsored militants as well as belligerent neighbour had proved that terrorism had no religion. “Non Initiation of Combat Operations (NICO) had seriously demoralized the Army which might prove counterproductive and provide an opportunity to the terrorists to regroup and plan further death and destruction in the State”, agitated Harsh said.
Drawing the attention of the Prime Minister towards the explosive revulsion and outrage of the people of Jammu Pradesh over Kathua murder case, Harsh Dev sought the personal intervention of the PM for transfer of infamous child homicide case to CBI in view of the collective demand raised by the people, cutting across party lines or social and political affiliations.
Lambasting the Saffron leaders for turning the situation from bad to worse, he regretted that not only they toed the PDP line over the issue but accused their own electorates of being communal besides levelling accusations of supporting rapists and criminals. “And all this notwithstanding the unequivocal stand of the people of Jammu for capital punishment to those actually involved in the heinous offence. In view of the strong evidence provided by a national media in favour of the accused and moreover, with the credentials of the two officers constituting SIT being tainted, only Central probe could provide justice to the deceased child and restore pride of the agitating people”, Harsh added.