Jammu: Action against Masarat Alam will be taken at an appropriate time keeping in view the “local situation”, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh said tonight, after the separatist leader raised pro-Pakistan slogans at a rally near Srinagar city.
“See the situation in Kashmir. You should see the mob. We will take action under appropriate law and appropriate time… (An) FIR has been lodged and police will take action at appropriate time,” Singh said.
Asked about the arrest of Alam, he said “a case for anti-India remarks will be slapped against him (Masarat Alam)” and rejected suggestions that a long rope was being given to the separatists and hardliners during the BJP-PDP coalition rule.
“These statements are totally wrong,” he said. The senior BJP leader said law will take its own course.
“We will be conceding to the local situation in Kashmir and we will act and act tough,” he said.
“These people do talk like this (allegations against the coalition government)… From time to time, action would be taken as per the law. There is law. We will not accept and tolerate the war waged by those against the country,” he said.
“J&K people has given us mandate and apart from development, we will take measures that anti-India elements does not rule the roost,” he said, adding “Masarat Alam was not released by the this coalition government but by the Supreme court of India.”
He said BJP and this coalition will not tolerate any anti-India movement in Kashmir.
After a gap of five years, Jammu and Kashmir Government today allowed hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to hold a public rally in the outskirts of Srinagar city where his supporters including Masarat Alam, released from jail last month, raised pro-Pakistan slogans and others waved Pakistani flags.