New Delhi: Lieutenant General Harcharanjit Singh Panag, who was trolled for criticising the Indian Armyâs alleged use of a man as a âhuman shieldâ in Kashmir, on Sunday said the âmost negativeâ tweet he read was from singer Abhijeet, who called him a âPak supporterâ.
Lt Gen Panagâs tweet that the image âwould haunt the army foreverâ had met with a barrage of criticism and abuse, including from celebrities.
Image of a 'stone pelter' tied in front of a jeep as a 'human shield',will 4 ever haunt the Indian Army&the nation!— Lt Gen H S Panag(R) (@rwac48) April 15, 2017
Speaking to CNN-News18 on Sunday, Lt Gen Panag said he had received around 2,000 hate tweets, but found the one by Abhijeet to be the âmost negativeâ.
In the tweet, Abhijeet had called Lt Gen Panag a âPak supporterâ.
U r a Pak supporter, wish you were kicked,beaten & humiliated on the streets of #Kashmir & then wd hv seen ur reaction.. #Salute #IndianArmy https://t.co/yUkSlW8gI5— abhijeet (@abhijeetsinger) April 16, 2017
Hitting back, Lt Gen Panag tweeted:
@abhijeetsinger Little Brown Shirt,even at this age,I can give the terrorists a lesson,as also to an upstart like u!— Lt Gen H S Panag(R) (@rwac48) April 16, 2017
âI am a small-timer on Twitter. I have just 40,000 hard-earned followers. My tweets are read by 1,000-odd people who probably want to hear a veteranâs viewpoint on certain issues. Then, my tweets get lost,â he told CNN-News18.
âBut the Right-wing trolls took my tweets to a larger audience. They campaigned against me, but ended up taking my message to everyone,â he said.
Lt Gen Panag said the Army has never used a human shield as far as his knowledge goes. He added that a statement by the Army on the day the incident occurred would have helped the situation and allowed the Army to counter the narrative.
Asked if the Army was feeling the pressure of a political vacuum, the former Northern Army commander said that, he believed, the war had been won militarily, but lost politically. âIn the 90s, when we used to go out for operations, women and children would lie down on the road. But we managed all thatâ¦. This is the first such incident since 1947. The Army should have issued a suo moto statement."