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‘Send RSS cadres to LAC if you want lathi fight with Chinese’

June 19, 2020 07:32 AM

COURTESY TOI JUNE 19

‘Send RSS cadres to LAC if you want lathi fight with Chinese’
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Chandigarh:

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday took strong exception to reports of riot gear being sent out to the soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Stressing that the Indian Army is trained to handle arms, he asserted that “if the Centre wants a fist or lathi fights with the Chinese, then it should send RSS cadres to the battle ground.


“What our men out there need is weapons and clear orders that they should be ready to use these weapons to save themselves and defend the country at any cost,” he said in a statement, terming as “horrendous and barbaric” the brutality with which 20 Indian soldiers were killed by Chinese army men in the Galwan Valley.

Demanding accountability for the loss of precious lives in the violent clash, he asked why no orders to fire at the Chinese were given in the face of the brutal attack on the Indian soldiers. “Somebody failed to do his job out there, and we need to find out who he was,” he said.

If the unit was armed, as is being claimed now, the second-in-command should have ordered firing the moment the commanding officer fell to the Chinese treachery, he said, adding, “The nation wants to know why our men did not retaliate the way they are trained to do, and why they did not open fire if they were carrying arms. What were they doing sitting out there while their colleagues were getting killed?”

He said the whole nation is expecting a befitting response from the government to this horrific attack on its men. “Our soldiers at thefront should be clearly told that if they kill 1 of ours, you kill 3 of theirs,” he added. He said he is not speaking as a politician but as a man who has been part of the Army and still loves the institution.

Calling for an end to the “Hindi-Cheeni bhai bhai” charade, he said India should not chicken out on this issue. “If China is a world power, then so are we,” he declared, adding that “60 years of diplomacy has not worked and it is time to tell them that enough is enough”.

The Chinese just cannot be trusted, he remarked, pointing out that several Indian territories are in their occupation since 1962 and they are clearly now trying to take more.

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