UDHAMPUR, Dec 11: Lodging a strong protest over the behavior of state government, ex-MLA and NPP president Balwant Singh Mankotia has demand withdrawl of cases registered on security forces on the pattern of stonepelters. He said amnesty should also be given to the security personnel mainting law and order situation in Kashmir.
Large no of NPP workers on Monday lodged a strong protest in presence of its president Balwant Singh Mankotia and burnt the effigy of central and state government. While addressing the protestors, NPP president Balwant Singh Mankotia made a scathing attack on central and state government for releasing the 4500 stone pelters by withdrawing criminal charges against them. On the same pattern cases should be withdrawn on security personnel and officers registered in last 27 years while fighting with militants and should be released.
Mankotia claimed that in last 27 years amnesty has been given to thousands of stone pelters, militants and anti-nation elements and released them from different jails then why same amnesty should not be given to security personnels who are lodged in different jails and facing trials in different courts. Security personnel deployed in Kashmir has laid down their lives during combing operations and for maintaining law and order situation in Kashmir.
NPP president Balwant Singh Mankotia said that every successive regime during their tenure extends amnesty to stone pelters, militants, separatists and never provide any such amnesty to security personnel who are providing security to political leaders by putting their life in risk. He demanded that such amnesty should also be given to security personnel serving in Jammu and Kashmir. On this occasion Amarnath Mehra, Ram Pal Bhagaty, Mohammed Mirza Khan, Vishawdev Singh, Gulzar Singh, Hans Raj Sharma, Vishal Sharma etc were present during the protest.