Finally the state chief minister broke his silence over the recent killings in Gool. While extending his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, Omar has strongly condemned the Gool incident calling it as ‘unacceptable’.
As per a statement, Omar immediately spoke with the Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, who has ordered a probe into the incident and assured that “any use of excessive force or irresponsible action will be dealt with strictly.”
The state government has also ordered a magisterial enquiry to determine the exact sequence of events and on the instruction of the Chief Minister a high level team is camping at the spot which include Minister of state for Revenue and Relief Ajaz Ahmed Khan, Minister for State for Home Sajad Ahmed Kichloo, DGP, Divisional Commissioner Jammu and IGP Jammu.
While condemning this incident the Chief Minister has said, “It is unfortunate that inspite of costly lessons learnt in 2008 and 2010 some amongst us are determined to repeat past mistakes and use force against unarmed protesters. Such incidents risk throwing the entire peaceful atmosphere in jeopardy.”
“It is highly unacceptable to shoot at unarmed protesters just because they were reportedly protesting manhandling of an Imam of their area,” said Omar adding, “There is no justification or rationalization of this deplorable act. This shocking act warrants and demands the severest of condemnation in the strongest possible terms.”
Omar has also said that justice will be done and those involved in the ‘ghastly’ incident will be brought to book.
The chief minister has also appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony and urged them not to be carried away by emotions. He said, “Many amongst us wait for such incidents to occur in order to exploit such situations. I understand the anguish and pain as I feel the same.” He has also that government will ensure speedy justice. He has prayed to God to give the bereaved families strength to bear with this irreparable loss.