Srinagar, February 23: The crackdown and arrests of separatist leaders and arrests without any solid legal grounds does not augur well for the state. It has been done before as well in the state, but it has never yielded anything. On the other hand, it just exacerbates the anger and gives rise to further uncertainty. We have always maintained that dissent should always have a place in a democratic society. Curbing the dissent and those holding a contradictory viewpoint is not democratic at all. On the other hand, such sections should be engaged.
Moreover, from the last couple of days, rumour mongering and a chaos type situation is being created in the state which is causing anxiety among the people. The state administration has failed to assure the people on this. The way it has sought paramilitary reinforcements and started issuing “advisories” to the various departments without causing reasonable answers has caused further panic among the people. The state cannot afford more chaos and uncertainty at this juncture.