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Noida: Ex-servicemen protest Azam remark, say keep army out of politics

Senior SP leader Azam Khan was quoted as saying that attrocities committed by jawans in Jammu and Kashmir often force women to chop off their private parts in revenge

noida Updated: Jun 29, 2017 22:26 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times
The ex-servicemen submitted a memorandum to the magistrate after the protest.
The ex-servicemen submitted a memorandum to the magistrate after the protest.(Sunil Ghosh/HT PHOTO)

Retired officials from various government security agencies along with Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association staged a protest against the alleged remarks made by senior Samajawadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan about the army.

On Wednesday, Khan, a former minister in the erstwhile SP government, had been quoted as saying that excesses committed by jawans in Jammu and Kashmir often forced women to chop off their private parts out of revenge. His comments triggered outrage across the country.

Ex-servicement from the army, CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) and those working for private security agencies submitted a memorandum to the city magistrate. Addressed to chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the memorandum sought strict action against the SP leader.The protest was organized by the Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Association.

“We have asked the Yogi government to arrest Azam Khan for his shameless remarks about the army. He should be booked for sedition. Our army men are putting their lives on the line for us. The least we can do to acknowledge their service is to respect their sacrifice,” NP Singh, president, FONRWA, said.

The protesters also vented their ire over politicians allegedly using the army to further their selfish political agendas. “Ours is an apolitical army and we want it to stay that way. Politicians should stop politicising the army for their own personal gains. We are not interested in politics. We are a secular force and the morale of the soldier should be boosted,” Col. Mahindra Singh (retd), one of the protesting ex-servicemen, said.

The protesters urged the Yogi government to show respect towards the armed forces by arresting Khan as soon as possible.

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“Ours is a nationalist force and the services of our jawans shouldn’t be viewed through a political prism. Of late, some people have bee using the army to create unnecessary controversies. The likes of Azam Khan should be put behind bars,” the retired colonel said.

NP Singh said that the morale of the army should never be allowed to flag. “Our protest is against everyone who wants to shatter the morale of our forces. Every citizen of this country is with the army,” the FONRWA president said.

Mahipal Singh, secretary, Security Agencies Association of India, who also took part in the protest said the armed forces should never be the subject of narrow politics and unfair criticism.

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 22:26 IST

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