BJP Asks J&K Govt to Change Its ‘Soft Policy’ Towards Separatists

Separatists have demoralised security forces and the masses.

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Kashmiri protesters fired by police  in Srinagar, 20 November  2015. (Photo: Reuters)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday to withdraw the security given to separatists in the state and imprison them. The demand was made after the party claimed that the business and tourism in the state was getting affected.

State BJP spokesperson Virender Gupta said that despite their anti-India activities, the separatists were enjoying special privileges, including security cover provided by the state government.

The government should revise its policy towards the separatists. The government should withdraw the security given to separatists and put them behind bars under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for indulging in anti-social and anti-national activities. All these incidents are taking place at the instigation of separatists. Recently, a separatist leader, along with his supporters, slapped a policeman who was discharging his duty in Srinagar.

Gupta said “soft policy” towards separatists has on one hand encouraged anti-India forces and anti-social elements and on the other, demoralised security forces and the masses.

The party also demanded that concrete steps be taken to prevent the youth from being lured by terrorist groups.

(With PTI inputs.)

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