Jammu: A day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti urged the police to make part of the mainstream the “local boys” who have joined militancy, the BJP on Saturday said militant, whether local or outsider, “cannot be forgiven” and has to be dealt with as law of land demands.
“A militant, who is responsible for the killing of innocent civilians as well as army and security personnel, besides being involved in picking up the gun against the nation, cannot be forgiven,” Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit spokesperson Arun Gupta said.
Mehbooba had on Friday during the Police Commemoration Day function at Armed Police Complex in Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar in Kashmir said, “Those who have taken up arms or those who have not but are missing from their homes and want to join militancy, they are local boys”.
“I request the police to try to bring them back to their homes. Instead of their being killed in encounters, if it is possible to bring them back, make them a part of the mainstream, give them bats, balls and good education, instead of guns,” she had said.
Her remarks came in the wake of a prolonged unrest in the Valley triggered by gunning down of local Hizbul militant Burhan Wani on July 8.
Gupta said a local militant or one from a foreign land is doing same activity and the country cannot accept it as a “forgiving mistake”.
He said no country can accept raising of gun against it and the people involved have to be dealt with as law of land demands.
“BJP is of the firm belief that all nationalist forces need to be respected and those involved in anti-national activities be taught an exemplary lesson,” the spokesperson said.
Taking on Chief Minister indirectly for her remarks, Gupta said, “Our police and Special Forces cannot be made to remain quiet and accept these situations”.–PTI