CPM has slammed Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat for defending the use of human shield in Kashmir, saying his remark “exemplifies all that is wrong with the way the Modi government is dealing with the situation there”.
In an editorial titled ‘Damaging the Army’s Image’, party mouthpiece People’s Democracy said, “Unfortunately, the army chief is reflecting the views of the Modi government which seeks to suppress the people of Kashmir, who are voicing their political protest, through the sole reliance on use of force. Not only the people of Kashmir, but the army itself will suffer irreparable damage due to the government’s blind adherence to the use of coercive force against the civilian population.”
Criticising the Army chief for defending “the wrongful action” of Major Nitin Gogoi who had tied a civilian in front of a jeep to act as a human shield, the editorial said, “The army chief of staff, by commending this act, has let down the high professional standards of the army.
Defending the editorial, Karat said it is the official line of the party on how the army chief has handled the Kashmir issue. He also said that he stands by everything that has been said in the editorial.
Accusing the army chief of making no distinction between young protestors throwing stones and armed militants, the CPM has also alleged that Gen Rawat behaved provocatively on previous occasions as well. “He had, on an earlier occasion, warned that the army would treat all those who do not support army operations or obstruct them during encounters as ‘overground workers of terrorists’,” the editorial said.
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