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BJP MLA justifies Shopian killings, says Army enjoys full impunity

January 29, 2018

Srinagar, Jan 28: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Ravinder Raina on Sunday justified the killing of two civilians and maiming of many others in Shopian by Indian army on Saturday as the “need of the hour”.
Raina, as per reports, was addressing media persons on the sidelines of an army function near the Line of Control (LoC), where he hailed the Indian army for ‘controlling’ the Shopian situation that could have resulted into “bloodshed” in Jammu and Kashmir and could have led to “chaos and loss of numerous lives”.
Terming the protestors in Shopian incident as “stone-pelters, goons, criminals, anti-nationals and Pakistani agents”, Raina said that the stones were hurled at Indian army’s convoy injuring “seven” armymen.
Raina also dared the police to register “as many FIRs” as they want as the army enjoys the impunity under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), and they (FIRs) are all “meaningless” in Jammu and Kashmir.
“There is nothing like magisterial enquiry. Army has its own court…lodge as many FIRs as you want…police FIRs don’t work against army,” Raina boasted.
“Will single out all the stone-pelters and put them behind bars…they will learn a lesson,” he said, lashing out the amnesty scheme by the government for stone-pelters in the state.
“There were 250 stone-pelters…they tried to snatch the weapons, and that’s when the army retaliated and took action against them. Army took the preventive measures that saved a lot of lives…hats off to our jawans,” he said.
As per Raina, it was a “conspiracy” by Pakistan to ‘fuel’ violence in J&K.
“Pakistan failed to disturb the Republic Day functions…repeated attempts are made to worsen the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” said Raina.

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