National Conference senior leader and Jammu and Kashmir former Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah made a highly controversial statement on Saturday when he alleged that the Kupwara encounter was blown out of proportion to malign the image of Muslims, and incite hatred against the community.
In a pre-dawn attack at around 4:00 AM on Thursday, at least two terrorists breached the security fence to enter an army camp in the Chokibal area of the Kupwara district to fire at the soldiers. Three soldiers were martyred in subsequent encounter while five personnel were injured.
The casualties were Captain Ayush Yadav, Subedar Bhoop Singh Gujjar and Naik B Venkata Ramanna. Two terrorists believed to be responsible were gunned down.
Following the encounter, a mob of around 200 people started pelting at the soldiers in support of the terrorists. The army opened fire at the protestors which left one civilian dead and four were injured.
Above : Farooq Abullah photo
Farooq Abdullah said that while there was not much noise about 25 CRPF getting killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, on the other hand the noise is about the death three army men the Kupwara encounter.
The recently elected Srinagar MP, Farooq Abdullah said the centre was beating the Kupwara encounter drum to increase hatred towards Muslims.
Farooq Abdullah slammed the central government for placing a ban on internet and social media sites on which he has been quoted in the media as saying: “I called the government and told them not to take such measures. They are mistaken to think conditions will improve by imposing a ban.
“The situation will not improve until and unless talks are held with all. They think they can suppress us with force. The more they try to suppress it, the more fire it will create.”