Soldiers’ killings unacceptable, India should retaliate: Anna

Commenting on the killing of the two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops in a cross-border raid earlier this week, social activist Anna Hazare said on Thursday India should retaliate and if need be wage a full-fledged war against the neighbouring country.

Hazare was interacting with reporters on the sidelines of a two-day training camp organised by his Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andlolan (BVJA) in Ralegan Siddhi that started on Thursday. Former Army chief V K Singh, too, was present at the workshop, though he declined to comment on the Indo-Pak tensions."The way these jawans have been killed is unacceptable. It's high time that we teach Pakistan a good lesson. We should give them a tit-for-tat answer. Let's have a decisive war and solve the problem for once and all. I am 75 now but if need be I would go to the borders and fight against Pakistan," said Anna, who has served as a driver in the Indian Army.Two Indian soldiers Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and Lance Naik Hemraj were reportedly brutally killed by Pakistani troops on January 8.

While 400 people from across the country who had expressed willingness to participate in future activities organised by India Against Corruption (IAC) were expected to participate in the training workshop, only 100 workers turned up on the first day.Hazare, Singh and other office-bearers of of BVJA conducted sessions on first day of the workshop.

"Kiran Bedi ji will join the training workshop tomorrow when 100 more volunteers are expected to reach Ralegan Siddhi. Also, on January 12, a new multi-storey office of BVJA will be inaugurated when all other members of the core committee are expected to come," said Datta Awari, a close aide of Hazare.

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