Govt looks into anger against Army

Locals attack NDRF men in J&K; intelligence agencies suspect pattern in outburst

Govt looks into anger against Army

Heckling of a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, pelting stones at hovering armed forces chopper and attempts made to grab rescue boats may not be stray incidents of distressed people expressing their anger having been caught in a catastrophic flood in  Jammu and Kashmir. 

The intelligence agencies suspect a pattern in anger outburst of people who might have been instigated by separatist elements in the Valley. Having received inputs from the intelligence agencies, the government is also probing anti-Army posts on the social media which are emanating from outside Jammu and Kashmir.  

A senior government officer said provocative posts criticising the government’s rescue operation by giving it a spin that only army, paramilitary forces personnel and tourists are being airlifted or put on boats to get out of marooned places are malicious.

 The messaging on the net may be to counter voices questioning why Hurriyat leaders are not coming out to help Kashmiri people, quipped another government source.  Some of the trending posts are — “Army rescue operation only for tourists; Chalo Koi To Bacha (At least someone is saved),” reads a comment by a person named “Faiz Mir”.  Another e-text by “Muhammad Faisal” emphasises that “not only Hurriyat but entire Kashmir is united in rescue efforts. Army effort lacks”.

The Centre smells a rat in the aggressive behaviour against the armed forces deployed in the relief operation, as government sources wondered why they should attack people in uniform who are putting at risk their lives to save them.  On the contrary, government sources argued, their anger against the state machinery can be justified given the fact that the administration is invisible in times of natural calamity. According to reports, angry locals attacked an NDRF personnel and physically a few of them during relief and rescue operations on Wednesday.

 A senior officer of a paramilitary officer accepted privately at least eleven attempts were made to grab their boats deployed to ferry stranded persons. The government believes that anti-India elements are stoking the aggrieved feeling of the locals to discredit the Centre’s sweating effort that counters Pakistan aided propaganda that the country cares little for Kashmiris. 

Senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz was manhandled at a relief camp. Reacting to public outcry against state’s apathy towards the crisis, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said, “I understand their anger and I don’t grudge them on that anger. They have gone through an extremely difficult time.”

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