Our TV show, Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha played down the sense of fear among people following a series of targeted killings of migrants. He said, “I am assuring the nation that you come here. You are welcome here. Your security is our responsibility.”
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has played down the sense of fear among people from other states staying in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir following a series of targeted killings of migrant workers.
Responding to a question on the prevailing security situation after the killings of migrant workers, Manoj Sinha said, “I am assuring the nation that you come here. You are welcome here. Your security is our responsibility.”
“If one compares the tourist influx of eight years it has increased. In July, 10.50 lakh tourists came to Jammu and Kashmir. The number increase to 11.28 lakh in August. It crossed 12 lakh in September and in November 13.46 lakh tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir. The number of flights arriving in Srinagar has increased. Hotel bookings have increased,” he said.
Is Kashmir at gunpoint?
“Has there been any increase in deployment of the army? Army’s deployment has not increased. If a killing takes place [in Jammu and Kashmir], it is said the government is unable to provide security,” Manoj Sinha said.
“If we say that we will secure the places which did not have the dominance of forces and which supplied oxygen and fertilisers to terrorism, are we committing a crime by demanding five companies of forces?”
“I give assurance that neither the forces nor the CAPF or the Jammu and Kashmir Police would be used against an innocent person. And, if something happens, the law will be used against those people [in the forces] as well. I am saying it in public.”
On Hyderpora encounter
“Probe into the incident has been ordered. If an innocent person has been killed, I assure you that the guilty won’t be spared,” Manoj Sinha said.
Four persons were killed in an encounter in the Hyderpora area of Srinagar on November 15. The police allegedly buried the bodies hurriedly. Protests were held by several groups including the political parties which alleged that innocent persons were targeted by the security forces.
“Where there are humans, there would be corruption. The use of technology will bring transparency. We are moving towards that system,” Manoj Sinha said.
On Kashmiri Pandits
On the question of the return of Kashmiri Pandits who were forced to leave their homes in the Kashmir Valley during the late 1980s and 1990s, Manoj Sinha said the prime minister’s package aimed at building 6,000 homes and creating jobs for them was just a beginning.
“It was not our manzil [destination]We are taking measures that will show results soon. Not right now, but in three months, things will be clearer. The nation would know then the return of Kashmiri Pandits will be a reality,” Manoj Sinha said.
Who the Centre would talk to?
Manoj Sinha dismissed the possibility of the Centre’s dialogue with the separatist leaders, saying that only those who believed in the Indian Constitution were the stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said, “Earlier, those who disrupted peace and fomented separatism in Jammu and Kashmir were provided medical treatment by flying them in special planes. The days of soft separatism are over. Now, talks will happen with only those who believe in the Indian Constitution.”
Who are the stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir?
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir even a political party because it is part of the Janata [public],” Manoj Sinha said.
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On Satyapal Malik
Manoj Sinha evaded a response on former LG of Jammu and Kashmir Satyapal Malik, the current governor of Meghalaya who recently criticised the present administration of the Union Territory. Malik had said that during his days as Jammu and Kashmir LG, the terrorists did not dare to come within 50 kilometres of Srinagar. The situation under the current administration is different, he said.
Manoj Sinha said, “Satyapal Malik is a friend of mine. I don’t have the experience with the army that he has. I won’t comment on what he said.”
Will Jammu and Kashmir go to the polls after the integration of the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh?
“The Union home minister has said it in Parliament. That holds value On August 15, the prime minister said from the Red Fort that the election would take place after the delimitation exercise was over There is no reason that the election does not take place,” Manoj Sinha said.