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Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021
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Enforcing An Eternal Peace

As securitymen run amok, and civilian killings continue, the ceasefire could well be buried along with its victims

Enforcing  An Eternal Peace
Enforcing An Eternal Peace
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Not that Kashmir didn't witness killings like the ones in Sopore after the ceasefire was announced in late November last year. In fact, the graph of custodial killings saw an increase after the ceasefire, with the J&K police, especially its most infamous wing, the Special Operations Group (sog), taking up the task of "wiping out militancy", ceasefire or no ceasefire. Last month alone there have been 12 killings. And one of the allegations levelled against the security establishment is that the violence is the handiwork of elements within it who are opposed to the ceasefire.

In fact, new state police chief A.K. Suri, soon after taking charge, had made it clear that Vajpayee's ceasefire was not applicable to the state police. He went on record to say that anyone in possession of arms or involved in militancy was a "criminal and will be dealt with as other criminals are". However, the Sopore firing incident is different in that it was the first time since the ceasefire that the army went berserk and opened unwarranted and unprovoked fire on a peaceful demonstration.

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