Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir MLA Rashid Engineer found himself in the middle of yet another ugly controversy when he was caught on camera chanting ‘Indian army go back’ in a protest staged in Srinagar.
The elected legislator was implying that the Indian army is present on foreign land and that it should leave. Undeterred by this act Rashid justified the slogans claiming that the Indian army has not punished those behind the killings in the Handwara violence.
Rashid, while chanting anti-India slogans said, “This protest is about the Prime Minister’s visit to J&K. We expect him to take action against those in uniform committing atrocities. Kashmiri’s have been hurt but no action has been taken by the government. They haven’t named anyone in the FIR.”
He further added, “Is our blood cheaper than water? We want world to take note of what is happening in J&K. They are doing the dirty work under the Armed Forces Special Powers Acts (AFSPA). We have nothing against the Army. The Army is calling AFSPA a holy book but it is not a holy book for us.”
Earlier, two youths were killed by army personnel on April 12 after protests erupted following the alleged molestation of a minor by the army. However, the victim denied molestation by army personnel and charged two youth who were killed.