Advertisement
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
Outlook.com

Big-Ticket Flop

In a gutsy move, the Inter-State Council moves to Srinagar. Then a suicide attack happens.

Big-Ticket Flop
AFP
Big-Ticket Flop
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
The pointed symbolism did not escape anyone in Srinagar. When the Centre decided to change the venue of the Inter-State Council meeting from New Delhi to J&K's summer capital, it was sending out an emphatic message to the people of Kashmir as well as the international community. The subtext: normalcy had returned to the Valley and the Centre was supportive and sympathetic to Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's healing touch policy. Sadly, the cheer couldn't last for long.

The meeting of chief ministers and lieutenant-governors from across the country on the sprawling lawns of Srinagar's newly built Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex (SKICC) was indeed impressive. And when Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee spoke of the shimmering waters of the Dal Lake and how tourists had returned to Kashmir, everyone applauded. But soon a louder noise ripped through the gathering. As Vajpayee was concluding his inaugural address, a suicide attack shook the nearby headquarters of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Militant-turned-politician Javed Shah, his security guard and two others were killed in the 12-hour encounter between two militants and security forces.

Srinagar was once again on the edge. The terrorists had chosen the BSNL office where people had queued up last fortnight to apply for mobile phones. When security forces landed up, the militants moved to an adjacent hotel from which Javed Shah ran his newspaper, Watan.

The police say the intention was clearly to disrupt the Inter-State Council meet. "We had intelligence inputs that the militants were planning to strike around the meeting venue. We ensured that they failed to carry out their plans," says K. Rajendra, IG (Kashmir range). Before this attack, militants had shot dead two securitymen at close range in Srinagar's high security zone and escaped.

The psychological impact of such incidents...
Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Bombay High Court Adjourns Aryan Khan's Bail Application Till Tomorrow

Bombay High Court Adjourns Aryan Khan's Bail Application Till Tomorrow

Former Attorney General of India (AGI) Mukul Rohatgi appeared for Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, along with his existing legal counsel comprising Satish Manishinde and Amit Desai.

Explainer | Why A Lawyer Is Seeking FIR Against NCB's Wankhede For 'Extortion' In Aryan Khan Drugs Case

Explainer | Why A Lawyer Is Seeking FIR Against NCB's Wankhede For 'Extortion' In Aryan Khan Drugs Case

On Monday, a lawyer approached the Mumbai police with a complaint seeking registration of an FIR against Sameer Wankhede and five others for extortion in the drugs-on-cruise case.

IPL Controversy: CVC Capital Under BCCI Scanner

IPL Controversy: CVC Capital Under BCCI Scanner

The BCCI on Monday named RPSG Ventures Limited and Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) as owners of the new IPL teams from 2022.

'TMC & AAP On A Mission To Split Congress Votes And Help BJP In Goa': State Congress Chief

'TMC & AAP On A Mission To Split Congress Votes And Help BJP In Goa': State Congress Chief

Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar strongly asserted that the voters cannot be wooed with false promises and money as people are deeply rooted in the Congress.

Advertisement