Army takes note of latest ‘atrocity’ tape
THE VIDEO ALLEGEDLY SHOWS SOLDIERS STEPPING ON THE BODIES OF LASHKAR MILITANTS ABU
ISMAIL AND HIS ASSOCIATE ABU KASIM
Days after a video footage showing Indian army soldiers stepping on bodies of two militants in Kashmir, army on Saturday said it has taken cognizance and promised “suitable action”.
The video purportedly shows soldiers stepping on the faces of the bodies of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants Abu Ismail and his associate, Abu Kasim, who were killed in an encounter earlier this week but no official has yet commented as to who are the militants in the video.
Videos of alleged atrocities and human rights violations of Kashmiris have dominated the narrative this year in the strifetorn Valley.
In April, a video emerged of a group of Kashmiri youth heckling CRPF jawans returning from duty on the day of Srinagar by-polls on April 9 and resulted in a national outrage.
What followed was a torrent of videos showing security forces committing atrocities and human rights excesses on civilians, including using a “human shield” by the army and the targeted shooting of a teenage stone pelter on the day of the by-poll.
Activists in Kashmir say that such acts are offensive according to international protocols on armed conflicts. HTC
Home ministry officials said Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who returned from a four-day visit of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) earlier this week, is quite taken by Kashmiri students whom he met during his stay in Srinagar.
Singh met close to 70 delegations during his visit which included politicians, businessmen, traders and students.
“Three to four groups of young students had come to meet Mr Rajnath and the minister was extremely impressed by what they had to say. The students were exceptional in their approach on every issue...” a senior home ministry official said.
According to the official, the students told Singh they wanted career opportunities inside Kashmir, greater transparency between the government and citizenry, and most importantly, peace in the Valley
“They wanted him to speak to Hurriyat leaders to which Mr Rajnath responded that he had already made it clear that anyone who liked to talk to him on Kashmir issue is more than welcomed...” the official told HT.
According to another official.the home minister, after meeting the students, is of the view that they are some of the main stakeholders in the state . “There will be a special focus on children below 18 years of age.Plans on future schemes, education opportunities and career counselling are some of the areas that need to be worked on,” the official added.