Responding to the video featuring a security personnel being roughed up by some youths in Srinagar, the Olympic wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt on Sunday said that anyone who “misbehaves with our soldiers should be shot dead”.
“What has happened is extremely wrong. Our CRPF jawan was insulted. He was brutally attacked and his helmet had also rolled down the road. It is extremely insulting for India to see a youth thrashing our jawan. This is very saddening. Anyone who goes against the country and misbehaves with our soldiers should be shot dead,” Yogeshwar told in an exclusive conversation with ANI.
The Indian wrestler further insisted that the security forces should be given full power to deal directly with such elements. “Security forces should be given free hand to deal with such elements, otherwise it won't stop,” he stated.
The athlete earlier had supported the army for tying up a Kashmiri youth to a military jeep as a human shield. The incident created huge uproar and invited condemnation.
“Save them during floods andget stones in return; till then there’s nothing to worry about. Now the army has not even beaten, just tied someone’s hands and feet, and it has become a worrisome situation. #Shame,” he had tweeted in Hindi, lashing out at people criticising the security forces for the incident.
Cricketer Gutam Gambhir had earlier said that at least a “100 jihadi” lives must be taken for every slap on an Indian soldier’s face. Virender Sehwag had also expressed his ire over the video, saying abuse of the country’s CRPF jawans is completely unacceptable.
The video shows the jawan walking when suddenly a local attacks him. The impact of the attack makes the jawan's helmet roll down the road, causing him some injuries.