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Centre is ‘absent without leave’: Shashi Tharoor on ceasefire violations

By Deepika

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday questioned Modi government's silence over repeated ceasefire violations, which has claimed many lives in the country.

Shashi Tharoor

"Indian lives are being lost, our citizens are in danger. They are suffering from these repeated ceasefire violations. But the tragedy is that our government is entirely absent without leave. Where are they," he questioned.

Tharoor's jibe comes hours after terrorists fired shots at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital and fled the spot in Srinagar on Tuesday.

"This is a government which talked about showing 'laal aankh' to our enemies at the border. They boasted about the strategic surgical strikes. They are willing to take the credit, when something good happens, but they remain silent when things are going badly," he asked.

" The Govt seems to be engaged in a major PR activity. Why are they silent about the cross-border firing and killings? They need to speak up and act. The Govt should protect our citizens, he further said.

Lashkar-e-Taiba militants today staged a daring attack outside a hospital in Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital to free a Pakistani terrorist from custody, killing a policeman and critically injuring another.

Naveed Jutt, the LeT militant from Pakistan who was caught in Kulgam in south Kashmir in 2014, managed to escape with the assailants.

The ultras opened fire on the police party accompanying Jutt, alias Abu Hanzala, outside the hospital in Kaka Sarai area of the city.

In the latest ceasefire violation that took place on Sunday, four Indian soldiers, including a 22-year-old Captain, were killed and four other persons were injured in Rajouri district.

Those who died included Captain Kapil Kundu, who would have celebrated his 23rd birthday on February 10. Captain Kundu hailed from Gurugram district of Haryana and is survived by his mother Sunita.

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