Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, General Officer Commander-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Northern Command of the Indian Army, delivered a clear and uncompromising message, as well as an invitation, to politicians who seek to communalise the security forces, on Wednesday.
Answering a question based on AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi's shameful remarks adding a communal spin to the martyrdom caused by the Sunjuwan terror attack, Lt Gen Anbu highlighted how thousands of people had come out in a mass outpouring of grief to bid farewell to the martyrs of the attack.
"The people of J&K and the valley yesterday have shown... I think it is a testimony for all those who are wanting to communalise it."
He proceeded to invite those who seek to indulge in such politics: "I think a small stint in the Army would not be a bad thing."
The GOC-in-C also echoed in the statement made by Col Saurabh Singh Shekhawat regarding the religion of the troops, reiterating the lack of awareness among the critics:
"We take on the religion of our troops. We don't communalise them. It is only the people who don't know the inside of the functioning of the Armed Forces are the ones who are making such statements. I think they really need to visit all of us and see how we put it all aside and live together."
On Tuesday, while addressing a news conference, Asaduddin Owaisi had made the following statement:
"Now 5 out of 7 who died are Kashmiri Muslims, of which one was a pregnant woman who was hit with a bullet. Now if five of seven who died were Kashmiri Muslims, then why is it not being spoken of... That those who have died are Kashmiri Muslims. Why is there silence in the country?"