Loss of any life is sad: GoC 15 Corps
General Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lieutenant General B S Raju Tuesday said the loss of any life was sad and armed forces should give militants an opportunity to surrender.
GOC in a short video uploaded on the official handle of Chinar Corps (15 Corps), said, “Six-year-old boy who was killed in Bijbehara (Anantnag) and in the recent incident at Sopore a 65-year-old man was killed, which are unfortunate. The picture (showing grandchild of the slain man on the chest of his dead grandfather) elicited emotions,” the GoC said.
Regarding the anti-militancy operations, he said the Army has had a string of successful anti-militancy operations in Kashmir.
“The only way for a militant to get back is to strike and to engage us in populated areas. That’s what happened in Bijbehara and Sopore as both towns are busy places. In both the incidents, we had CRPF casualties and multiple injuries to (CRPF men) also,” the GoC said.
He accused the militants of using a Masjid in Sopore and termed it as a new phenomenon.
“From the Masjid, we recovered 60 rounds of empty cases. The initial rounds were used to target CRPF men and the rest of the 50 were fired with an aim to escape. Those 50 rounds caused civilian causality and that’s what exactly happened,” the Army officer said. “These incidents are exploited by the environment and they provide a solid tool for the propaganda.”
The GOC said, “Every loss of life is unfortunate. We don’t even want to kill militants. We give them an opportunity to surrender.”
The Army tweet above the video on the official Twitter handle reads: “Militants striking in populated areas seek civil casualties because that gets attention. Civilian deaths provide fodder to propaganda machines. The forces show restraint. We always offer the choice to surrender to the militants.” KNS