Refuting the police claims that one among four youth killed in Shopian was a Lashkar militant, senior Congress leader and former Minister, Ghulam Hassan Khan Wednesday said that he was a Bihari labour who had nothing to do militancy.
“Police claims are false. Being the resident of Shopian, I can tell you with authority that he was innocent. That Bihari labour was shot dead by CRPF men because he was the witness of the barbaric act of the CRPF. To shelve the matter, police buried him at an unknown place in the forest,” he said.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Khan said that CRPF men deployed in Gagrin Camp have let loose a reign of terror in the town and these men are not even sparing the women and teenage girls.
“CRPF men caught hold of a young girl, torn her clothes and thrashed her ruthlessly that she lost vision of her left eye,” he said adding that people of Shopian are suffering immensely at the hands of security forces.
He said that it is the height of cruelty. “CRPF men fired tear smoke shells on the house of one Professor Abdul Hamid in Shopian as a result his house caught fire and got damaged completely. This government is proving ineffective and is unable to curb these gun-wielding security personnel,” Khan said said that CRPF men damaged at least 100 private vehicles parked on road and in yards.
Former Minister said that government is trying to repeat what happened in Shopian in 2009. “It was a shame for the government to claim that Aasiya and Neelofar died of drowning while the reality was that Rambiara Nallah was knee deep that time,” he said.
He appealed Congress party to part their ways with National Conference. “Congress party leaders and Ministers are facing humiliation at the hands of National Conference. Congress leaders are being insulted in Kargil and even in Cabinet and it is better for the party to keep itself away from the NC,” he said.
Ghulam Hassan Khan appealed the government to shift the Gagrin CRPF camp without any delay. “This camp is turning out to be a death camp for the people of Shopian and it should be removed immediately,” he said.
Khan said that the Shopian incident should not be polticized. “There is no need to visit Shopian. If anybody wants to register his or her protest, he or she along with the people could demonstrate outside Secretariat or Governor House,” he said.