The remarks by the chief of the Northern Command were an apparent reference to Asaduddin Owaisi's comments a day earlier where he had pointed to the fact that a majority of the soldiers martyred in an attack on an Army camp in Jammu on Saturday were Muslims.
In a terse response to political statements calling out martyred soldiers by their religion, Northern Command chief General Devraj Anbu today said that the Indian Army does not communalise martyrs and those making statements do not know the Army well. The remark by general Anbu came in response to a question on AIMIM chief’s comments a day earlier where he had pointed to the fact that a majority of the soldiers martyred in an attack on an Army camp in Jammu on Saturday were Muslims. Owaisi, in saying so, had sought to target those who sought to question the loyalty of Indian Muslims towards the country.
“We don’t communalise martyrs, those making statements don’t know the Army well,” news agency ANI quoted Lieutenant General Anbu as saying. Six Army men had lost their lives in the ghastly attack at the Sunjuwan Army base in Jammu on Saturday. One civilian was also killed in the attack, while security forces managed to neutralise three militants in the operation that followed. The attack was carried out by a group of heavily-armed militants who struck the camp of the 36 brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry before dawn on February 10, killing six people including five soldiers. The body of another martyred soldier was recovered a day later.
Lt Gen Anbu said the enemy is frustrated and is trying softer targets. “When they fail at borders they attack camps,” he said. In the course of the interaction, the Northern Command chief also identified the trend of youth taking to terror as a matter of concern that needs to be addressed and said that social media played a big role in advancing this menace. “In 2017 we focused on leadership and eliminated it,” he said.
In a stern warning to militants and the youth who have taken to terrorism, the officer said that anyone who picks up an arm and is against the state is a terrorist and will be dealt with accordingly. “All 3 groups — HM, JeM or LeT — are hand in glove whether it’s in the Valley or here. There’s no differentiation, they keep jumping from one Tanzim to other. Anyone who picks up an arm and is against the state, is a terrorist & we’ll deal with him,” Lt Gen Anbu said.