Kashmir Floods: Geelani Terms Rs 500 Crore Bill by Army as ‘Dacoity’



Terming the charging of Rs 500 crore bill by Army for the flood assistance to the Jammu & Kashmir in September 2014 deluge as ‘dacoity’ (plundering) on the rights of Kashmiris, Hurriyat Conference (g) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday alleged that the role of the Indian army in the floods has been merely a display and they didn’t showed any sincerity in rescuing and helping the common Kashmiri.

In a statement, he said, “It were our youths who without caring for their lives played a lead role in rescuing and feeding the people trapped in the floods. They (youth) tirelessly worked day and night and rescued the people from the flooded areas, moved them to the safer places and established mega community kitchens at different places in the valley to feed the thousands of the displaced people.”

“Indian army definitely rescued and airlifted some government officials, families of the government forces, tourists and some non-state labors but they don’t show any kind of sympathy for the local people and they only dropped some expired biscuit packets among them at a few places,” he alleged.

Geelani expressed his deep sorrow and surprise that till date nothing has been done for the rehabilitation of those people who lost their everything including their shelter in the September flood fury “but the state administration took no time in paying Rs. 500 crore to the Indian army in early February and doesn’t showed any degree of objection for their false bills.”

While commenting over the refusal of raising any such bill by the then home secretary of India Anil Goswami in October 2014, the Hurriyat (g) chairman claimed, “These types of matters are always performed in secrecy and a considerable share of the state budget is usually snatched by the Indian army on one pretext or other. State administration doesn’t have courage to refuse any order from the Indian home ministry or object such false bills. They are only concerned to their chairs and positions and they too get some share in this loot.”

Geelani said that the matter of releasing Rs 500 crore to the army has somehow got exposed “otherwise these types of works are done in a very secret manner and besides looting natural resources of the state, different institutions of India take away a big share of the state budget and everybody is kept ignorant about this.”

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