Police fight pitched battle with BYJM activists who held a vociferous protest in front of Antony’s house
New Delhi : Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP, on Tuesday held a protest outside Defence Minister A K Antony’s residence demanding strong response by the government against the killing of of five Indian soldiers on the Line of Control.
The protesters, led by BJYM president Anurag Thakur, raised slogans demanding the sending of a strong message to Pakistan that such incidents will not be tolerated.
Over 300 activists set on fire the effigy of UPA government and a Pakistan flag. Meanwhile, BJP activists held similar protests at Poonch and Rajouri.
Police used water cannons to disperse the demonstrators as they tried to break barricades while trying to approach towards Antony’s official residence.
Police detained Thakur and around 20 other BJYM workers and took them Tughlak Road police station. Later, they were released.
Strict action should be
taken against Pakistan as it has repeatedly indulged in such activities, BJYM state chief Ravinder Raina said.
He lambasted the Congress-led UPA government for being “soft” towards Pakistan, despite the repeated audacious and us and provocative attacks by the neighbouring nation.
Meanwhile, General Secretary and Spokesperson of Nationalist Congress Party, Sudershan Choudhary urged the army to retaliate strongly to the frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Led by state chief Shiv Sena Chief, Ashok Gupta, activists of Sena and Dogra Front took out a procession from Rani Park to City Chowk.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking about peace initiatives, whereas the neighbouring country was frequently violating ceasefire, Gupta said.
WHO SAID WHAT
“India can’t be cowed down by such blatant acts of deceit. The entire country stands by the killed soldiers. Government should take appropriate action.”
— Sonia Gandhi, Congress President
“The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 armed terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms. I assure the house that Indian army is fully ready to take all necessary steps to uphold the sanctity of the LoC.”
— A K Antony, Defence Minister
“These incidents don’t help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pakistan and call into question the Pakistan’s recent overtures.”
— Omar Abdullah, J&K Chief Minister
“It is extremely unfortunate, it is reprehensible. But I would like to appeal to everybody not to play partisan politics with it.”
— Manish Tewari,
Information and Broadcasting Minister
“This is a matter of national unity and self-confidence. Tell us why we are not able to stop such attacks.”
— Mulayam Singh Yadav,
Samajwadi Party chief
“We can’t make a spectacle of ourselves in front of the world, we must give a befitting message to Pakistan.”
— Arun Jaitley,
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha
“India should immediately stop all talks with Pakistan. Relations with neighbours cannot be maintained from one side only.”
— Venkaiah Naidu,
“Talks with Pakistan should not be held if even one bullet is fired. You can’t have…our soldiers being killed and then hold talks side by side.”
— Shahnawaz Hussain,