Can’t disown stone throwers in Kashmir, they are my people, says Basant Rath

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Srinagar: IPS officer Basant Kumar Rath on Thursday said that the stone throwers in Jammu and Kashmir are his people and he cannot disown them.

Rath was addressing a gathering at India Today Mind Rocks, where he also said that the Indian media fails to understand the core issue of Kashmir, reported India Today.

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“Kashmiri people are my people… can’t demonise them. People by nature are people. They have emotions and feelings, you [have to] treat them well,” he was quoted saying.

Former IGP Traffic in Jammu and Kashmir, Rath also added, “Just because somebody doesn’t agree with you [the government], you can’t demonise them. Kashmir has a history – We have to respect the sentinments and the people there. There is a gap between the politicians speeches and bureacrats’ work on ground.”

He was transferred in November 2018 after going through series of controversial discussions and statements.

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