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Expose elements behind Budgam clashes: Dr Jitendra
Expressing concern over continuing spate of sectarian clashes in Budgam and adjoining areas over the last ten days,BJP National Executive Member & J&K Chief Spokesperson Dr Jitendra Singh has called for a thorough probe to identify the elements behind these clashes and expose their nefarious designs. Dr Jitendra Singh said,the common Kashmiri,irrespective of the community or sect he belongs, wishes to live in harmony but certain Kashmir-centric politicians and groups,in their bid for competitive upmanship, trigger such volatile situation and as the election time approaches nearer,this phenomenon assumes more acute proportions. This could also be the handiwork of a certain Kashmir-centric political party which apprehends decline in its political fortunes in the ensuing elections,he alleged.
Dr Jitendra Singh said,instead of seeking mileage from such unfortunate loss of life and property,it is the responsibility of all political parties to come together for restoring peace in the disturbed Central Kashmir areas at the earliest because the foreign sponsored militant outfits are already on look-out to take advantage of such a situation in order to push in their terrorist designs.He said ,there is enough Intelligence evidence that ,as a part of their revised strategy in the wake of declining local public support,the outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba,Hizbul Mujahideen and Indian Mujahideen(IM) are resorting to the methodology of planting rumours to instigate violence and provoke attacks on security forces so that the latter may be compelled to open fire and precipitate further unrest. The Gool incident of 18 July is one such example,he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh suggested a joint meeting of religious heads of the two conflicting sects in Budgam and a joint effort by them to educate the innocent people of the region not to fall prey to the double assault of opportunistic political elements within coupled with foreign sponsored militants from across the border. At the same time, he appealed to the administration to immediately bring to book the mischief mongers and also make arrangements for adequate compensation to those whose houses and other property has suffered damages in this protracted violence.
Presenting a chronology of recent incidents of terrorism,Dr Jitendra Singh said,these reflect a definite trend and the unabating violent clashes in Budgam could very much be a part of a larger design which needs to be guarded against so as to avoid setback to restoration of peace in the State.He also appealed to ruling coalition leaders of both National Conference and Congress to desist from issuing judgemental and hurried statements which only add confusion to conflict.