Updated: December 16, 2020 7:51:18 AM
The presence of a man in an army uniform participating in the farmers’ protest in front of the deputy office of the commissioner in Bathinda on Monday made the intelligence agencies try to find out his true identity and confirm whether he is a soldier on duty or an impostor.
In the photos, printed in newspapers and distributed several times on social networks, the Sikh man is seen holding a sign that reads “My father is a farmer. If he is a terrorist, then I am also a terrorist. ” He wears a combat model uniform, with a camouflage jacket and scarf wrapped around his face. His outfit seems to be the standard army uniform, which also displays a label on his jacket.
In addition to this man, there is also a video circulating on social networks in which two army jawans holding an AK-47 weapon talk about actor Kangana Ranaut’s comments about farmers, which have attracted controversy.
In the video, the jawan who speaks Punjabi declares that they too are the sons of farmers and that they will not tolerate anything wrong being said about their mothers.
Reacting to the photo of the “jawan” holding the banner, Lt Gen HS Panag (retd), former GOC-in-C Of Northern and Central Commands, wrote on Twitter: “It’s not done. Investigate and take disciplinary action. ” He also wrote on Twitter: “The army has clear rules and regulations. Without any compromise”.
Several sources said there was considerable concern in official neighborhoods about the impact of farmers’ unrest on military personnel and that there were strict rules and regulations prohibiting such participation in protests. “We are trying to find out if this young man who was photographed wearing the army uniform is actually a soldier or not. Although we cannot do anything for the former military to take part in the unrest, such behavior of serving personnel cannot be condemned and will invoke strict punishments “, revealed an army officer, on condition of anonymity.
Many Punjab ex-military organizations have begun taking an active part in protests on the Delhi border. While a section of ex-military associations announced that they would return their medals, some of the office bearers of the veterans’ associations denied that they had such an intention.
Havildar Bhola Singh of the Ex-Servicemen Welfare Union, Bathinda, said his organization did not intend to return the medals. “I have just returned from dharna to the border with Tikri. We send jathas (groups) of 20 ex-soldiers daily to take part in the protests. However, we did not decide to return our medals. The decision seems to have been made by a group that is associated with a political party, “he said.
According to Captain Jaspal Singh of the Veterans Organization of India, the body was fully involved in the agitation of the farmers. “While I am talking to you, we are a group of 1,000 ex-soldiers heading to the Singhu border and have just crossed Panipat. We are fully participating in the farmers’ protest, “he said.
When asked if his organization intends to return medals awarded to them in solidarity with farmers, Captain Jaspal said there are no such plans. “Why return our medals? I won them. We sat at sub-zero temperatures at high altitude and got these medals. No politician was sitting there. Rather, we will force the government to accept our demands, “he said.
According to Lieutenant Colonel SS Sohi (retd), chairman of Ex-Servicemen Grievances Cell, Mohali, veterans are not only upset about the way farmers are treated by the center, but also about the recent series of orders from the chief. Defense General Staff Bipin Rawat.
“Recently, CDS proposed to increase the service of soldiers and also reduce the pension by 50% with an estimate. This affects the morale of soldiers and veterans and we oppose it. You can’t treat your troops this way and you need a young army to take over the enemy. If Gen Rawat’s proposals are accepted, the government will weaken our armed forces and take a great risk to national security, “he said.
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