Gool inquiry heading Shopian way: Mehbooba

KL Report


Describing Chief Minister’s latest remarks on Gool killings in which he held a local religious leader responsible for the trouble, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Monday,  said it is an attempt to repeat the Shopian farce in the name of an inquiry.

Speaking after a visit to the SKIMS where she visited a number of victims of “government violence” the party president Mehbooba Mufti said the present coalition has pushed the state into a vitual anarchy where every individual faces a threat for one or the other reason.

 Accompanied by the party leaders Tariq Hameed Karra and Syed Basharat Bukhari, Mehbooba inquired about the health of the Sarpanch, Khazir Mohammad,  of Krankshivan, Sopore who was seriously injured in an attack on him by an unidentified  gunman.

“He needs a reconstruction surgery of a major portion of his face that was damaged by bullets,” Mehbooba said. She also went to see Jan Mohamamd from Noorbagh who was allegedly pushed by police personnel from first floor of his house. Jan Mohammad the only earning hand for his poor family has been disabled because of serious damage to his spine.

Mehbooba said the Chief Minister’s comments on Gool are not just irresponsible but are a deliberate attempt to shield the guilty. She said it reminded one of the sequences of events in the Shopian tragedy where the death of the two unfortunate women was ultimately closed as a “case of drowning” and prosecution launched against lawyers, doctors and those who sought justice against the deceased.

“One fears a similar course of events is being followed in the Gool killings which might ultimately end up in action against the victims”, said Mehbooba. She added people who protested killings and demanded justice are already being harassed and persecuted. “In the entire Chenab Valley police is raiding the houses of people who participated in the protests, filing cases against them and arresting them. One hopes that the killings are not attributed ultimately to wild animals and people like the local Imams prosecuted for the atrocities committed by the men in uniform,” added Mehbooba.

Mehbooba said there are tell tale signs of anarchy in the entire state. A teen aged girl was gang raped in Kishtwar and in all likelihood the chief minister might issue a clean chit even to the perpetrators of that heinous crime.

“In 2010 when 120 young people were killed during peaceful demonstrations against innocent killings Omar Abdullah presented perverted theories beginning with the initial version about Tufail Matoo that he was victim of some personal rivalry. Later all the victims were projected as anti national agents, paid hoodlums and even drug addicts,” Mehbooba said adding “ An entire generation was painted black and Kashmiris presented to the world as a species different from human beings and victims of misrule referred in routine as ‘stone pelters.”

The PDP president said the rampant killings by government forces and simultaneous appearance of the “Unidentified gunman” have been the hallmark of all governments run by NC.

“ That is happening now also with innocent common people, policemen, security personnel and Panchayat members becoming victims in a relapse of the disastrous NC rule between 1996 and 2002,” she alleged.

Condemning the “reign of terror” unleashed in different parts of the Sonawari constituency of Bandipore district the PDP president said the ruling party is “frustrated” with its growing unpopularity and is “punishing” the common people. “The government forces at the behest of the local MLA are indulging in worst repression in the area especially in Hajin town,” she said adding “scores of people have been injured, houses have been damaged and cases filed against many young people.”

 She said while the government has been unable to stop innocent killings or take action against the culprits as in the case of the recent Markundal incident in Sonawari itself, “the police is being misused for promoting the dwindling political fortunes, of the MLA.”

“Sonawari area has seen worst Ikhwan atrocities in the past and it was only after 2002 that the people there like everywhere in Kashmir had heaved sigh of relief,” she said and added “NC is now openly aligning with the remnants of IKhwan and many of them have joined its ranks to harass the people at the behest of the local MLA.”


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