Commotion in assembly over Bijbehara attack on BSF convoy

Pardeep Singh Bali

Lower house of state assembly today witnessed ruckus over killing of BSF personnel in Bijbehara after legislators of BJP urged house to vehemently condemn recent spate of attacks.

The moment question hour started, the BJP legislators led by Ravinder Raina created uproar in the assembly and demanded that the House should ‘immediately’ condemn the militant attack. Raina told the house that precious lives are lost, especially of forces and attacks are increasing in number at the ‘behest of Pakistan’.

“Speaker sahab the dreadful militant attacks from Pakistan have increased in the state and many of our jawans are losing their lives. The house should condemn it and a strict message should be sent to Pakistan to refrain from carrying such activities in the state,” he said.

As soon as news of another attack by militants reached House, Raina said, “I got the information that just before two policemen have lost lives in Anantnag attack. These attacks demoralize our jawans and house should condemn it,” he told the speaker. The demand by the BJP ‘infuriated’ Independent legislator Er Abdul Rashid who interrupted by saying that the house should have condemned the Handwara attack as well which had left five youth dead in April.

“Where were you when five youth were killed in Handwara. If condemnation for killing of security forces then what about the human rights violation done by the state,” Er.Rashid reacted to the BJP legislators.

Er. Rashid continued raising his voice for the condemnation to the Handwara killing. “Your party has dual faces. Why are you silent now? Why condemnation only for security forces now and not for civilians?.. answer me,” he told the BJP legislators.

The pandemonium further intensified when the Congress party also supported the BJP in demanding condemnation from the house but targeted the government for failing to control the situation.

Congress legislator Nawang Rigzin Jora demanded discussion on the issue of increasing militants in the state. There should be a discussion on it and it should be condemned. The diplomacy doesn’t depend on the mood of the Prime Minister who goes to Pakistan uninvited for a cup of tea and then attacks like Pathankot continue here,” he said.

Jora’s comment evoked strong reaction from the BJP who asked the legislator not to politicize the issue.

National Conference legislator, Ali Mohammad Sagar told the house that the frequent attacks would impact the election for the assembly seat at Anantnag.

“Speaker Sabah it should be noted that the attacks are happening in Anantnag at a time when the constituency is bracing for election,” he said.  The House later condemned the Bijbehara militant attack, saying such attacks shouldn’t have happened in the state. “We condemn the militant attack on BSF forces at Bijbehara and it should not have happened,” the speaker said.

Later the Government responded to the demands of the legislators and said that investigations have been taken up in Islamabad militant attack.  “2-3 unidentified gunmen attacked a police naka party at Bus Stand Islamabad. Two cops were injured who later succumbed to their injuries. DGP and other top cops have reached the spot and after cordon, intense search operation is going on in the area,” Minister for Rural Development, Abdul Haq Khan adding.



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