Need to revisit muscular approach: Tarigami to Govt

Senior CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami on Monday said that the Government should “revisit its muscular policy.”

In a statement here Tarigami said, “Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian in south Kashmir have been on the boil ever since July 2016.  Despite passing of three years, the situation in the region is not showing any significant improvement with media reports showing that some youth continue to join militant ranks.”

“Why isn’t there significant change in south Kashmir despite huge deployment of security forces? Perhaps it is because muscular approach is not achieving desired results and needs to be revisited. The policy makers need to answer these questions. Mere counting of arrests and killings are not an answer to this situation,” Tarigami said.

He said, “Arbitrary arrests, nocturnal raids and are causing insecurity and harassment among people in the region. It has been done before as well in the state, but it has never yielded anything. On the other hand, it just exacerbates the anger and gives rise to further uncertainty.”

“During early 1990’s large scale arrests took place which only worsened situation. This is a tried and tested and failed model which we are afraid will only worsen the situation further,” Tarigami added.

“Though the authorities lifted twice a week curbs on the movement of civilian vehicles on National Highway, reports of security forces harassing the commuters are still pouring in. In the name of security, people are being harassed day-in and day-out. The safety of security forces convoys is important, but in the name of security common people should not feel any inconvenience or harassment. Patients, students, employees, traders and others, who have to commute daily on the highway should be given full respect by the forces while their convoys move. There should be a better and people friendly way of protecting forces using the highway,” he said.