Civilian killings must stop, forces should show restraint, says Interlocutor Danishwar Sharma
The Indian government’s interlocutor on Kashmir on Wednesday appealed to the security forces to “show restraint” in the Valley and put an end to “civilian killings”, describing the recent spate of violence in the region as a “setback”.
“Civilian killings must stop. The security forces must show restraint and not resort to disproportionate firing,’’ Dineshwar Sharma, a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau, has said in an interview with Hisdustan Times.
“I was hoping for a better summer but violence has come as a setback. Amongst the districts in south Kashmir, Shopian is particularly alienated and angry. We must be sensitive while dealing with the people of Kashmir,’’ he added.
Matters between the army and the state government have come to a head in recent weeks over the naming of an army officer, Major Aditya (Kumar), who was leading a convoy that came under attack from stone pelters. Mufti announced a magisterial inquiry into the killing of civilians, but the Supreme Court has restrained the state police from probing the army saying, “He (Major Aditya Kumar) is an army officer, not a criminal.’’
Sharma said he planned to go back to the troubled district and engage with young people there. “I will visit Shopian again,’’ he said, adding, “I feel very sad when I see Kashmir in trouble.’’