New Delhi, Feb 23: Being in the army is never easy especially if the posting is at Jammu and Kashmir. As the brave soldiers battled terrorists for nearly 50 hours at Pampore, they had probably fought one of their toughest battles in recent times.
It was one thing to fight the terrorists for 50 hours and a whole other ball game facing the wrath of some local rebels who pelted stones at the soldiers apart from raising Azad Kashmir slogans.
This peculiar situation is not taking place for the first time. Even during the battle at the Kakapora village recently in which the army engaged with three Lashkar-e-Tayiba militants similar scenes were witnessed.
The army had to counter a similar situation at Samba as well and now the worry is that this appears to be becoming a trend.
Bullets from terrorists, stones from rebels:
A police officer in Jammu and Kashmir informed OneIndia that this is becoming a trend. At every encounter site, a couple of rebels gather around and raise slogans against the army. There are a handful of them, but they still create problems by pelting stones and raising slogans.
The army is in a catch-22 situation. It cannot fire at the rebels. On the other hand they dodge the stones from the rebels and the bullets from the terrorists. To top it all after the army had killed the terrorists, the rebels raised slogans in favour of the slain Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists.
We need to continue doing the job. This is an occupation hazard and we cannot let such incidents deter us said an officer in the army.
It does disturb the operation a great deal and no matter what we say or do, the rebels do not seem to get away from the site. Stone pelting has become a norm in Kashmir these days, the officer also added.
The rebels do not understand that it is the same army which saved them during the floods, the officer further noted.