Jammu – Settlements of Rohingya and the Bangladeshi nationals coming up beside the army camps and bases in Jammu-Kashmir (J-K), are a cause of concern. Ex-servicemen have demanded that the Rohingya and Bangladeshi infiltrators being a threat to the national security, should be expelled from the country. Similarly, the ex-servicemen have also demanded that the ’FIR’ filed against the Army officers in Jammu-Kashmir must be withdrawn.
Several ex-defence personnel from all over the country had assembled in Jammu-Kashmir under the campaign named ‘Voice of Ex-Servicemen Society’. These ex-defence personnel carried out a protest march from Kachhi Chawani to Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government. The march was stopped by the police near the Secretariat. The ex-servicemen handed over a copy of their demands to the police to forward it to the government. This letter mainly highlights the issue of Rohingya and the ‘FIR’ against Army personnel. Lat month, some Separatists had pelted stones at an army contingent in Shopian in Jammu Kashmir. This mob also tried to pull out and kill one soldier. Even in those circumstances the army soldiers fired bullets in the air to control the mob. When the mob refused to relent, Major Aditya Kumar, the officer in-charge of the contingent ordered to shoot to save the life of the colleague. Two from the stone pelting mob were killed in the firing. A couple of days later, an ‘FIR’ was filed against Major Aditya Kumar. There were repercussions of the ‘FIR’ from all over the country.
For several days now, there is a demand being made to withdraw this FIR. The question whether only a stone-pelter has human rights and not an army personnel is being raised. Protest held by Ex-servicemen was against this background, demanding the FIR against Major Aditya Kumar to be quashed.
In the letter submitted to the government by the national co-ordinator of this march, Bir Bahadur Singh, one of the demands is the expulsion of the Rohingya and Bangladeshi infiltrators. Terrorists had attacked the Sunjawan army base a few days ago, wherein, six soldiers were martyred. There were allegations that the threat of such attacks has increased due to the illegal habitations of these Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals. The demand by the ex-servicemen assumes importance against this background. Singh also said that if these demands are not met, more than one hundred thousand ex-servicemen will come to Srinagar and the extent of the agitation will be intensified.