Kashmir is on the edge again and there is no hope in the horror of anger and violence ,following the stone – pelting incident on the school bus in Shopian ,leaving a child with a fracture on the skull.
The incident drew sharp reactions from parents and the authorities who questioned stone- pelting on school buses.
The chief Minister Mehbooba ,instead of showing grit to address to the problem from fresh angle to halt the menace,dismissed it as “senseless cowardly act”.
The incident has unified the mainstream parties and separators in sampling condemning the act of targeting school buses. But nothing beyond that. They did not explore possibilities of stopping the stone –peltors to target the school buses in future.
The belligerent Kashmiri has taken resort to age old stone-pelting to combat the mighty State forces and the Indian armed forces ,least caring to get shot back with lethal pellet guns.
The Wednesday morning incident,the horrible attack on the school bus by the stone-peltors ,has provided ammunition to the those opposing the amnesty the State government provided to those against whome case have been registered for stone pelting.(approximately 4,600 individuals covered from 2008 to 2014.)
Militants struck in Shopian on Sunday killing five militants including missing Kashmir University assistant professor Dr Mohammad Rafi Bhat . Professor Rafi Bhat was missing since Friday.
The other militants were identified by the police as Bilal Ahmad Mohand ,Adil Ahmad,and Tausif Ahmad, all from south of Kashmir.
Mohd Rafi Bhat called his father on Sunday morning and said”I am sorry ,I made mistakes.Going to meet Allah” He was trapped with his four top militant Hizbul Mujhadeen commanders in Shopian.
Interestingly we are supposed to believed Prof Rafi had joined the militant group only 36 hours before his death in encounter. Source Indian Express
It is hard to believe that Prof Rafi might have joined militancy recently keeping in mind the family background. Earlier his two cousins were militants ,one was killed in 1992 gunfight and other one in 1994 encounter near borderof POK .
Shopian has become the hub of militant operation for pretty longtime and the militants are very actively in enticing youth to join militant ranks .
The encounter has sparked widespread violent protests in Shopian and adjoining towns of Kulgam Pulwama.
Whenever there is an encounter of such a large scale ,some civilians get injured and this time too indeed a number of civilians got injured and five of them succumbed to the their injuries .The other twenty were treated immediately.
The death toll has risen to 17 in last 36 hrs leaving enough anger to keep Kashmir simmering again.
Time to Act
The Center needs finally to put on thinking cap and re address itself to resolving Kashmir impasse with broad -based dialogue.
It is for sure that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been calling for “political intervention” time and again.
The Centre must stop the daily occurrence of violence with great determination and resort to serious dialogue in Kashmir with all relevant political forces without further delay.
The young people are getting caught in the vortex of violence and it is high time for Centre to arrest the rot, otherwise Kashmir might slip deep down back in time.
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