Are We Fair Game?

Gool has been mourning its four dead for the past four days. And this small cluster of villages in Ramban district needn’t have to be doing it in the first place. That is if only BSF had exhibited a little more restraint than what the force claims to have shown in face of an unarmed crowd protesting against the desecration of a religious place, also the handiwork of BSF. These villages didn’t have to mourn if only the district magistrate who was present at the place when the firing took place had chosen to act a little more pro-actively. Instead of promising a firm and speedy action which too would have appeared suspect given the track record of the previous actions in similar incidents Shyam Vinod Meena urged people to wait till Eid for any action, an obviously dishonest and ham-handed response to a serious crisis. And soon after the four people were shot dead, virtually under his watch, Meena chose to fled the place. The tragedy could have been easily averted if the BSF and the concerned civil administration had shown even a miniscule regard for the life of our people. The tragedy emanates from the fact that we are considered a fair game, else how could such a ghastly thing happen. Where there was no need of even firing in the air, BSF fired in the direction of the people, secure in the knowledge that they will get away with it. Hence the unacceptable toll of four dead and around forty people injured; all of them hit by bullets. That only four died in this act of indiscriminate firing obviously designed to be a massacre is only providential. Once again the killings are a result of the now ingrained mindset among the forces in the state that doesn’t value life of the people of the state. And this mindset is only getting reinforced by the fact that the killings of civilians in the state under the cover of law enforcement merits little or no punishment. Gool killings look set to follow this morbidly familiar pattern. That is, if only the central government – state government has made no secret of its helplessness in such cases – chooses to do something radically different.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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