Army will suffer because of its chief: CPM

Army will suffer because of its chief: CPM

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday slammed Army Chief Bipin Rawat, saying he was reflecting the views of the Narendra Modi government.

An editorial in CPM’s mouthpiece Peoples Democracy read, “Unfortunately, the army chief is reflecting the views of the Modi government which seeks to suppress the people of Kashmir… through the sole reliance on use of force.

Not only will 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.”

The party contended that Gen Rawat also defended the wrongful action of Major Nitin Gogoi, who had tied a civilian in front of a jeep to act as a human shield.

Gen Rawat awarded a commendation to Major Gogoi “even while an enquiry into the action was being held”.
The mouthpiece stated that the way Farooq Ahmad Dar, who had gone to vote in the Srinagar bypoll, was caught and tied to a jeep as a deterrent to stone pelters, was a shocking incident. 

“The army chief of staff, by commending this act, has let down the high professional standards of the force. Some former serving generals of the army have decried the use of the civilian as a human shield. They have correctly pointed out that the army cannot treat its own people in such a manner,” it read.

Peoples Democracy alleged that Gen Rawat makes no distinction between young protesters throwing stones and armed militants.

“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,” it read.

The editorial stated that in an interview, the army chief also said he wished that the stone pelters in the Valley were firing weapons, because then “I could do what I (want to do).”
DH News Service

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