Persian poet Amir Khusro while capturing the enigmatic beauty of Kashmir wrote ‘Agar firdous baroye zameen ast, hami asto, hami asto hami ast.’ Translated it means, ‘If there is a paradise upon earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.’ Alas, this paradise is now burning between the tug-of-war of protesters and Indian soldiers.
News of violence erupting in different places of Kashmir has stopped surprising the onlookers. Somehow the years of protests have become a norm. Adding to that is the plague of stone pelting that often causes serious damages for the army.
In 2017, Major Leetul Gogoi landed in controversy when he tied a stone pelter to a jeep as a ‘human shield’ to save the life of civilians. Few months after that, two jawans lost their lives when they lost control of their car due to the same reason.
Recently, a new wave of protest sparked, triggered by a paramilitary vehicle of CRPF. While trying to get away from a crowded area surrounded by stone pelters, the vehicle ran over three protesters and one of them died later. The mob was actually attacking the vehicle.
A video footage emerged capturing the incident that gave rise to criticism of government besides protest from common people against Indian soldiers. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted criticizing the present CM of Jammu and Kashmir. Here’s what it read:
Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps & paraded them around villages to deter protestors now they just drive their jeeps right over protestors. Is this your new SOP @MehboobaMufti sahiba? Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps? https://t.co/42W6vGAPVi
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 1, 2018
It didn’t take long for the news to spread on the internet and capture the attention of the Twitterati. Following which the users showed their support for the Indian soldiers. Some commented on the hardship of the jawans while others demanded strong punishment for the stone pelters. Read the tweets:
Before pointing fingures on @crpf_srinagar Check out these pictures you will get to know who is the responsible. Peaceful protesters attacked CRPF vehicle in nowhatta area of Srinagar after Friday prayers. pic.twitter.com/3uBhLZgeL2
— Ibne Sena (@Ibne_Sena) June 1, 2018
Shocking. Stone pelter mob tried to attack and vandalize CRPF 28th battalion vehicle in Nowhatta of Srinagar, #Kashmir this afternoon. Somehow the brave CRPF Jawans escaped the fringe Islamist paid mob. This is what separatists are paid to do from their masters in Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/ZMUJRBINw7
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) June 1, 2018
How dare the CRPF bravehearts try to escape…. they should have submitted to be killed and then there would be few martyr during the ceasefire month to put on the trophy cupboard of the Chiefminister and Home Minister….. So agree with what Gautam Gambhir said today…Advertisement— Prasanna Kumar (@Raininmypalm) June 2, 2018
@Shehla_Rashid you go blind when this happens. You are short sighted and only see the non existent saffron terror.
— Man Behind The Mask (@Manbehindmask98) June 2, 2018
Start using real bullets not pellets to silence these bastards. Enough is enough! World can shove their opinion on peace where they want. We need to take a leaf out of Israel’s way of handling such nonsense. Right @shabnamlone ?
— 🕉 Vish (@maverickenator) June 2, 2018
We r expecting Kashmiriyat, jamhooriyat & insaniyat 4m these stone pelting mobs who want ceasefire during ramzaan, but will not act with reciprocity. Politicians hold brief 4 these hooligans 2 pander vote banks. Masla bigadta ja raha hai. Koi tarkeeb nahi.
— King Fisher (@rkrishnan99) June 2, 2018
Mann to dukhi hota hi hai
Jab koi kutte ka pilla gadi ke niche aa jata hai..!!!#Modi said before 2014 & he did it in his style.
— SEEMANT RAJPUT (@SEEMANTRAJPUT) June 2, 2018
Jammu and Kashmir police said that they have lodged a case against the stone-pelters, who are still unidentified, for rioting and attempted murder. Also, they have booked the driver of the CRPF vehicle for rash driving.