Srinagar, Jul 20 : Condemning the registration of a frivolous case against political party leaders, including a former legislator, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday flayed the Centre and the State, for their alleged plans to arm the civilians in the sensitive Chenab Valley.
The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir said such attempts will set a dangerous trend.'Reports about administration trying to arm civilians under the garb of creating Village Defence Committees in Chenab Valley are disturbing and alarming, especially at the time when the government has to be inclusive, to avoid further alienation of youth across the state,' Mufti said in a statement here.
She said similar experiments of arming the civilians under an anti-militancy grid in the 90s led to the complete chaos and the wounds inflicted upon the general masses due to such move, are still fresh.
'In communally-sensitive areas like Chenab Valley, the plans are fraught with only dangerous consequences. The Union government recently had planned to windup all such defence committees, but suddenly taking a U-turn, not only such committees are being strengthened, but even fresh arms being were issued, that too to the people, with a particular political ideology.'
'Registration of a case seems to be a step taken under political compulsions and it should be rectified,' she said, while demanding immediate withdrawal of the case.