‘Centre’s K-Policy A Total Failure’

NEW DELHI: The CPI (M) on Wednesday questioned Union government’s alleged silence over killings of army personnel in Kashmir over the past three days.

“This reconfirms the total failure of Centre’s policy in Kashmir. An absolute lack of acknowledgement or meaningful political action by this government is shocking,” CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.

He also expressed shock at the “absolute lack” of meaningful political action by Union government over killing of soldiers and wondered if the ruling BJP’s “lip service” about forces is reserved only for poll speeches.

“…why is Modi and his government silent about these deaths? Are lip service and sermons about armed forces reserved only for election speeches?” Yechury asked in aFacebook post, apparently referring to the BJP hailing alleged army’s surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) in September last in its poll campaigns.

Four army men, including a Major, and an equal number of suspected militants were killed while 8 other security personnel and a civilian were injured in two separate encounters in Kashmir on Tuesday.

The encounters took place after four militants, two civilians and two Indian army soldiers were killed in a gun battle in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday.

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