BJP to honour civilians for killing militants
8 June 2006
Jammu: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday announced that it would honour civilians taking part in counter-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first time in 18 years of militancy in the State that any political party has decided to reward civilians taking part in counter-militancy operations. Talking to reporters, senior BJP leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma said: 'Our present policy towards the scourge of terrorism is soft. Therefore we need to adopt a firm policy towards terrorism so that the morale of the security forces and the public is not lowered. There needs to be a firm reply to those who are responsible for unleashing bloodshed in the State and thus causing trouble to the innocent people of the State'. For this purpose, the senior BJP leader added, the party had decided to honour brave civilians of the State who dare to kill militants. The party would give Rs.1 lakh to a civilian who kills a militant and one lakh would be added for every militant killed. Similarly Rs.2 lakhs would be given to the family whose kin dies carrying out a counter-militancy operation. 'The party has announced that the monetary awards would be given to the people irrespective of party or religious affiliations. Mr.Verma said: 'The awards would not be for the BJP activists but they would be given to people belonging to any party or religion. Let the civilian who kills a militant be a party activist from the Congress or the People Democratic Party; we would honour him.' He said the genuineness of any claim of killing a militant would be through police verification. The BJP, meanwhile, continued its 'Save Doda' campaign for the second day with protests and dharnas. More activists from neighbouring Punjab arrived here to participate in the campaign. The party has launched the nine-day campaign to draw attention of the country towards the worsening security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.