Srinagar: Asserting that the human rights of an Army soldier are supreme, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the human rights of an Indian soldier should take precedence over those of a terrorist, in Rajpura, Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir today. He added that a terrorist forfeits his entitlement to human rights the day he resorts to terrorism which is the biggest violation of human rights.
Dr Singh first paid a visit to security personnel posted on the border and exchanged Diwali greetings with them.
Addressing a public meeting comprising ex-servicemen, their families and local residents, organized by the Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti, Dr Singh said those who targeted the military or para-military personnel were the ones who did not have the courage to call a terrorist a terrorist or condemn the atrocious act of mutilating the dead body of a martyred Indian soldier. However, he said, they found the Army a convenient soft target because Indian Army, being one of the most disciplined forces in the world, was trained to exercise restraint while a terrorist, not constrained to follow any rule of law, would immediately retaliate and put their life to risk.
Reiterating that the Diwali of 2016 is dedicated to Indian Army and India’s Para-Military forces, the minister said that there is some semblance of Diwali in the country today because of the young soldiers who are guarding the borders. He added that a project has been undertaken to build 1,140 updated Sulabh toilets in the border villages, out of which over 150 have been completed. He also added that the construction of bunkers along the border areas has already started along the LoC.