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After ‘stone throwers should be shot’ remark, J&K minister says video doctored

J&K minister Chander Prakash Ganga said ’ bullet for bullet’ should be the approach for stone pelters, backtracks later

india Updated: Apr 27, 2017 06:56 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
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Police fire tear gas shells as they chase away a stone-pelting mob during a clash at Batmaloo in Srinagar .(PTI file photo)

J&K industries and commerce minister Chander Prakash Ganga, who triggered a controversy with his rvidoemark that stone-throwers should be dealt with bullet and other harsher punishments,” on Thursday said that the video, which has gone viral on the social sites has been doctored.

Speaking to Hindustan Times over phone, Chander Prakash Ganga, BJP MLA from Vijaypur, said, “the video which has gone viral on social sites has been doctored. I had said the enemies of the country, either from Pakistan or internal, should be dealt with sternly and for them bullet for bullet should be the approach. I had spoken about Farooq Abdullah, who termed stone-throwers as nationalist. The video is doctored.”

However, in the “doctored” video Ganga can be seen and heard clearly saying ,” See, I always believe in straight-talk. Habitual offenders/criminals do not mend their ways without punishment. Just see the video, when beaten up with sticks they (stone-throwers) shout slogans of ‘Death to Pakistan’. This is the way to treat them. No need to pamper them... a traitor needs a bullet. If not the bullet then at least severe punishments… Mark my words and see whether they will pelt stones again. What ‘azaadi’ are they demanding? Hitting them with shoes is their treatment”, Ganga reportedly told a group of local media persons in Ramgarh area of Samba district April 16 where he held a “Public Darbar” grievances redressal.

Stone pelting is a common form of protest in the Valley with 2,690 cases registered in 2016, according to the state government figures.

On Tuesday, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her cabinet asked the security forces to exercise restraint to avoid casualties in an apparent bid to bring about peace in the restive Valley.

Ganga’s diatribe comes at a time when disturbing videos of security personnel being abused and manhandled by mobs in Kashmir have outraged people in the country.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 14:26 IST