Owaisi, Yechury slams Bipin Rawat's de-radicalisation remark

Owaisi, Yechury slams Bipin Rawat's de-radicalisation remark

The Opposition seems far from impressed with CDS Bipin Rawat's statements on Kashmir, terrorism and politics surrounding it. CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury has said as a military commander, Gen Bipin Rawat has no business making these statements while Asaduddin Owaisi has said he is undermining civilian supremacy.

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat on Thursday said de-radicalisation camps are operating in the country as it was necessary to isolate people who are completely radicalised.

In an address at an event in New Delhi, Gen Rawat, delving into the situation in Kashmir, said girls and boys as young as 10 and 12 years are being radicalised in the Valley which he described as a matter of concern.

"These people can still be isolated from radicalisation in a gradual way. But there are people who have been completely radicalised. These people need to be taken out separately, possibly taken to some de-radicalisation camps," Gen Rawat had said.

The remarks have now landed him in a controversy.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said, "Who'll deradicalise lynchers & their political masters? What about those opposing citizenship for Assam's Bengali Muslims? Maybe deradicalise "Badla" Yogi & "Pakistan jao" Meerut SP? Maybe deradicalise those imposing hardship on us through NPR-NRC (sic)".

Owaisi also added, "This is not the first ridiculous statement he has made. Policy is decided by civilian administration not by any General. By speaking on policy/politics, he is undermining civilian supremacy".