11 May, 2021

Poison In The Salve

The Raghunath temple attack seems designed to upset the Mufti regime's 'healing touch' policy More Coverage

Poison In The Salve
Immediately after chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's swearing-in last month, a rival predicted: "His major test is just another separatist strike away." The words were to ring true, and sooner than expected. In a spate of killings engineered by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists, 40 people were gunned down in less than 78 hours last week. The blitzkrieg seemed designed to upset and marginalise the Mufti's "healing touch" policy. Especially the killing of 13 people—10 pilgrims, two ultras, one CRPF jawan—at Jammu's Raghunath temple, which triggered off a wave of anger across the country and led to questions being raised on the state government's "soft" policy towards home-grown militants and separatists.

Deputy PM L.K. Advani said the state government's policy of releasing militants was responsible for the killings. "The Centre wasn't consulted before the militants were released. It's a dangerous trend.''

The remarks stirred a hornets' nest. The Mufti said that central intelligence agencies had "cleared" the names of the 25-odd militants released from captivity. His...

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