Army must get free hand: Punjab CM Capt Amarinder
Expressing concern over increasing vulnerability of Indian soldiers in border states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh called for “total freedom” to the Indian Army to tackle dangerous situations faced in the line of duty.
In a statement issued here on Monday, Amarinder came out in solidarity with Indian soldiers. Reacting strongly to reports of mutilation of bodies of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan army in Poonch, Amarinder urged the central government to send out a strong signal to inimical forces. He also backed Indian army’s warning of “appropriate response” for the “despicable act”.
The CM also came down heavily on those criticising Major Gogoi, who is in the eye of a storm for allegedly tying a Kashmiri man to a jeep to use him as a human shield. Coming out in Gogoi’s defence, Amarinder said the officer was simply doing his duty. In a Facebook post, CM further said “had I been in the same situation, I would have carried out the same action.”