150 terrorists active in Lohi Malhar, Dudu Basantgarh: BJP
9 November 2001
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: The high reaches and mountains in Bani, Basholi have become the safer sanctuaries of militants and at least 150 terrorists are active in Lohi Malhar, Bani and Dudu Basantgarh. This was revealed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), secretary and Ex MLC, Mr Kashmir Singh while talking to media persons here today. He said the militants have made concrete bunkers and caves in Dhaggar, Lohi Malhar and Sadrotra areas with the help of local harbourers, guides and sympathizers. He while strongly condemning the killing of Dy SP Divender Sharma, apprehended the involvement of some black sheep in police and local harbourers in this dastardly act. He said the tragedy could have been averted and precious human lives saved had the different wings of security forces been able to share the information which they were given one day advance of this inhuman act. Mr Singh demanded setting up of a Unified Command Headquarter at Machedi to give a united fight by all the fighting force against the terrorists. He also termed the interference of the local National Conference leaders in the working of security forces as one of the causes for rising militancy in the area. He criticised the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah for leveling the human rights violation charges against the security forces and said that they (security forces) are working under hostile conditions as from one side they have to face the terrorists and on the other the State Government is also blaming them for their omissions and commissions. He demanded that the brave and committed police officers who have been shifted on the basis of false complaints be shifted back to their original places. He also demanded issuance of gun licenses to the people in the Kathua district who have applied for the same to counter the threat of militants. The gun licenses be given on priority basis to ex-servicemen, politicians and villagers on routes being used by militants frequently. He criticised the NC Government for not releasing the drought relief and ration to the farmers of the two months and alleged that these farmers have been deprived of the wheat supply. Rejecting the demands of greater and regional autonomy of NC Government, he said that such moves are fraught with serious consequences. The BJP senior leader Mr Chander Mohan Sharma while lambasting the State Government, alleged constitution of Commission for appointment of residential certificates is politically motivated as a particular community is not touched by it. He demanded immediate winding up of the Commission as this has been constituted to harass the people especially the business men of a particular community. He however welcomed the Chief Ministerís decision to construct memorials of the martyrs in the state.