Congress blames Manohar Parrikar for mysterious killings in Sopore

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2015 18:44 IST

Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday blamed Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar for spurt in killings in Sopore.

"It proves beyond doubt that the government of India is involved in Sopore killings, directly or indirectly. The defence minister says we should get militants to kill militants, it means it's an official policy of the government,'' Azad told Hindustan Times.

"He said kante se kante ko nikalna chahiye and the killings started,'' Azad added.

Last month, Parrikar had said "terrorists" in the state can be neutralised with the help of terrorists.

"We have to neutralise terrorists through terrorists only. Why can't we do it? We should do it. Why does my soldier have to do it?" he had told media in Delhi.

Parrikar's statement had sparked a row with both political leaders as well as separatists hitting out at the PDP-BJP coalition government for trying to take back Kashmir to the early nineties when a parallel militia supported by the government used for target killings of militants.

"It's a matter of grave concern that this is policy of the BJP and is already operational,'' Azad said.

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