BJP Lawmaker's "Soldiers Will Die" Comment Creates Storm On Twitter

"Soldiers will die every day. Is there a nation where army-men don't die? When there is a scuffle in a village, someone is bound to get injured," Nepal Singh, a BJP lawmaker from Rampur told reporters when asked about the Pulwama attack.

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BJP Lawmaker's 'Soldiers Will Die' Comment Creates Storm On Twitter

Nepal Singh retracted his statement, saying he had intended no disrespect to the army.


New Delhi:  As the country mourns the five CRPF personnel who died in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday, BJP lawmaker Nepal Singh sparked outrage with a comment that was seen as an insult to the soldiers.

"Soldiers will die every day. Is there a nation where army-men don't die? When there is a scuffle in a village, someone is bound to get injured" the lawmaker from Rampur told reporters when asked about the attack.  He went on to add, "Is there a device that stops bullets? Is there anything that can stop death? If so, we will get it prepared".

The 77-year-old later retracted his statement, saying he had intended no disrespect to the army. "I have not insulted the army. I'm sorry, I apologise, but I have not said any such thing."

Twitter, however, was in no mood to forgive.
 Others demanded that steps be taken against the lawmaker. Appeals to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to take strong action flooded Twitter.  
The five men of the Central Reserve Police Force had died in Pulwama in a post-midnight terror attack on New Year's day. Three terrorists had targeted the building that serves as their training centre. The terrorists had been killed after a 36-hour gun-battle.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh had commended the soldiers, saying, "I appreciate all our soldiers for their sincere efforts to gun down terrorists at the border".

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