Kochi, February 18, 2019 (PPI-OT): The retired judge of Indian Supreme Court, MarkandeyKatju, has warned New Delhi that attempts by the armed forces to avenge the Pulwama blast will lead to more bloodshed and trigger a new cycle of militancy.
MarkandeyKatju addressing a press conference at Kochi in Indian state of Kerala said, “Lot of jingoism is going on in the name of Pulwama attack. I condemn the attack. But any attempt to avenge the massacre will end up in the slaughter of unarmed Kashmiri civilians. The Kashmiris are bitterly hostile to India. The suicide bomber has died and the perpetrators who helped him have vanished.”
“The army may go to a village, catch hold of a few unarmed civilians and kill them. This will only help to aggravate the situation. The relatives of dead will take to militancy and you will be converting non-militants into militants. If wisdom doesn’t dawn, you will have more body bags arriving,” he said at the press conference.
Almost the entire Kashmir population has been alienated from India due to the stupidity of our political leaders for decades, he said. “As a Kashmiri, I know the mood in the valley. The militants may be only a few hundred. But most of the Kashmiris sympathise with them. After conducting an attack, the militants melt away among the population and the people there give them shelter, food and intelligence information,” he added. “Any attempt to avenge the death will lead to a Vietnam-like situation,” Katju warned.
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