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Hit stone-pelters with bullets: BJP MP

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

BJP member D P Vats has said that stone-pelters in Valley should be hit with bullets.

has started a proxy war with the country and each day our forces in are being attacked, the former commandant of said yesterday.

"...I am of the opinion that stone-pelters should be hit with bullet," Vats said when asked about the government's decision to withdraw cases against people involved in stone-pelting incidents.

has not learnt a lesson despite tasting defeat many times in direct wars with and is now engaged in proxy war, the general told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Bhiwani yesterday.

When PTI today asked him if he stood by his comment, Vats said, "I am an officer, the has been fighting a proxy war waged by for a long time. What does my soldier fighting this proxy war on ground in Kashmir expect of me? As an officer, I stand by what I have said."

He also said that each day bodies of soldiers killed in Kashmir are sent to their native places.

"What should soldiers expect of their officers. We cannot let down their morale. They cannot be attacked and pelted with stones," he said.

Vats (69), who hails from Hisar, was recently elected to the of Parliament. He had served as the and commandant of the prestigious AFMC, Pune.

He has also served as the of the Haryana Public Service Commission between May 2011 and April 2012 during the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government in the state.

On June 1, two youths were injured after they had allegedly been hit by a CRPF vehicle during clashes between protesters and security forces in Nowhatta area here in the summer capital of

The duo was taken to at Soura here where one of them -- -- succumbed around midnight.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 16:15 IST