‘Is Blood of Kulgam’s Asif Thinner Than that of Jammu’s Tarsem’, asks Rasheed



MLA Langate and president Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) Er Rasheed Tuesday asked government to explain that if “blood of Kashmiris is thinner than the water and how come could government at the behest of New Delhi” very often adopt two yard sticks when unfortunate deaths take place in J&K.

In a party statement, Rasheed said, “though nobody believes in dividing the killings on basis of region and religion but the selective attitude of state government stands exposed.”

He said, “People of Kashmir have a right to know that how come it took state police no time to arrest five SOG cops who had shot dead Tarsem Lal in Domana Jammu and on the same day it justified the clod blooded murder by government forces of Asif Rashid Tantray in Kulgam, by calling it an incident of stray bullet. The state police at the directives of BJP minister Bali Bhagat wasted no time in arresting those involved in killing of Tarsem Lal but as usual gave a ridicules excuse when one more Kashmiri youth felt to the dirty bullets of uncontrolled security forces in Kulgam.”

In the past also, Rasheed said, “government has always been reluctant to take action against those who have been carrying out cold blooded murders of Kashmiris by arguing that every Kashmiri gets killed in the name of so called national interest. Not only that but govt. has been very cunning when it comes to providing ex gratia and rehabilitation of effected Kashmiri families but has an altogether different line of action when likewise incident takes place in Jammu. Though there can’t be any compensation for loss of life, occurring anywhere but the victims often need support to survive and records reveal that while govt. has not compensated any of the families who got recently killed in Sopore and elsewhere by unidentified militants but has also not helped the families of those including Asif Rashid killed by so called security forces.”

The independent lawmaker added, “while as it has provided full compensation under norms to all youth killed in Jammu province from time to time in different incidents.”

Rasheed asked state administration to discharge its duties without being “communal or showing regional favouritism”, with reference to the ugly incidents where somebody loses his bread earner.

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