BJP MLA Lal Singh Threatens Kashmiri Journalists

| June 23 , 2018 , 15:46 IST

BJP leader Lal Singh Chaudhary on Friday threatened Kashmiri journalists and asked them to draw a line. He warned them of a Shujaat Bukhari like incident if they did not 'mend their ways'.

Lal Singh was the forest minister in the BJP- PDP alliance. He was asked to resign after he participated in the rally in favour of the accused of the Kathua Rape Case.

Singh while addressing a press conference in the valley said, “Now I will tell Kashmiri journalists to draw a line on the journalism you do and how you have to live. Do you have to live like what happened to Basharat, so that such a situation emerges?”

Basharat Bukhari was law and parliamentary affairs minister in the PDP-BJP government before BJP pulled out of the alliance and the state came under governor’s rule. He is also the brother of the Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari who was assassinated along with his two bodyguards in the Press Enclave area of the valley.

Singh further added, “So mend your ways and draw a line, so that this brotherhood remains intact and there is progress.”

Lal Singh’s controversial statement was not only condemned by the journalists but also invited severe criticism from politicians and civic society.

Communications head of the Congress party, Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Shocking & reprehensible! BJP J&K MLA, Lal Singh openly threatens journalists to ‘fall in line & draw a line’. He horrifically says that otherwise they will meet the fate of Shujat Bukhari by naming his brother. Does BJP leaders have some special knowledge of the assassination?"

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted,”Dear journalists, your colleagues in Kashmir just got threatened by a BJP MLA. It seems Shujaat’s death is now a tool for goons to use to threaten other journalists.”