Modi's balm for militancy hit families evokes mixed response

  • Vikram Sharma, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2014 20:11 IST

"We have been living through a fool's paradise over the central and the state governments' sporadic commitments to provide us succor as we are the militancy-hit victims of the state. The UPA and the NC-Cong government have been befooling us since the past six years and now the NDA seems to have taken the charge," was a disgruntled answer of Sunita Bhagat, 36, a victim of the Chinnor terror attack in 2008.

Three Pakistani militants had taken hostage of Sunita Bhagat along with her four children on August 26, 2008, at Manhas Mohalla in Chinnore, leaving four persons killed, including an army junior commissioned officer.

When informed about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement about taking care of the families hit by the terrorist attacks as they are his brothers and sisters, Sunita did not responded enthusiastically.

"I do not want to recall the harrowing incident and thus do not expect anything from anybody," she said looking quite dejected as all her four children have not recovered from the trauma after the incident.

"Let Modi first take care of the frequent infiltrations on the border which have risen to unprecedented scale since he took over as Prime Minister. If he would be able to put stop to this, only then we can assume, what he says does matter,' said Billoo Bhagat, 43, husband of Sunita Bhagat.

However, their elder daughter, Sheetal, 14, who also did undergo the ordeal put up some confidence in the new dispensation.

"We have been hearing the news regularly about the Prime Minister announcing new schemes for development. Though I am not much enthusiastic over the ground work undertaken by Modi, the discussions held in our area among the elders and teachers in the school hint that the new PM is likely to strike some new and favorable changes for Jammu and Kashmir," said Sheetal Bhagat, a 9th class student, hoping that he (Modi) may take care of the education of the children affected by terror.

After weeks of being on the boil over the Amarnath land row in 2008, Jammu was gripped with fear after three Pakistani militants killed four persons, including an army junior commissioned officer, and held eight persons hostage for over 17 hours in a house at Chinnore.

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