JK Assembly: Speaker allows discussion on civilian killings after Opposition’s protest

by Tahir Bhat

JAMMU: As soon as the Assembly began its day’s proceedings, after a four-day hiatus, all opposition members from National Conference, Congress, CPM and PDF along with ruling PDP members were on their feet demanding that entire House business should be suspended to take up their adjournment motion on unrest and killings. They were carrying placards in hands with slogans written.

It was virtually a din in the Assembly with opposition MLAs shouting slogans against the Government like ‘Qatil Sarkar Hai Hai (down with killer Government)’ and ‘Hisaab Do Hisaab Do, Maut Ka Hisaab Do (give answers to the killing)’

Though the Speaker Kavinder Gupta tried to go ahead with the Question Hour, the voice was lost in the din with most of the opposition MLAs trooping on front row shouting slogans demanding discussion on Kashmir killings.

However, after a lot of uproars, Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti intervened and requested the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta to allow the discussion on civilian killings in the Valley.

Later, after the Speaker’s decision allowing the discussion was communicated to them, the members sat in their seats.

Ganawpora Killings: The Complete Story

Twin villages in Shopian – Cheegund and Ganawpora, witnessed killing in last week. Two militants and three civilians were killed in a series of events involving army directly. Three persons including two girls are still battling for their lives as they are shot in the head. Two of them are termed fairly critical by the hospitals. Kashmir observed a complete shutdown against the killings on Sunday with officials imposing literal curfew restrictions in parts of Srinagar.

Police said they have registered a formal murder case against 10-Gadwal that resorted to killings in the Ganawpora village where the people were busy observing the third day of mourning of a militant, a local resident. Two youth – Javed Ahmad Bhat and Suhail Javed Lone – were shot dead by the army in reaction to, what was termed, as stone pelting at an isolated place. Jammu and Kashmir government has already ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

The entire south Kashmir region is restive over the killings. Reports from Pulwama said a group of youth who were protesting against the twin killings clashed with the police at Muran Chowk which disrupted the normal life. While the youth resorted to stone pelting, the cops fired tear smoke shells and chased away the protesting groups, reports added.

Reports from the region said that most of the south Kashmir is closed in protest. The areas which are closed right now include Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Tral, Zainpora, Rajpora, and Keller.  All other towns are open to routine and life is going on.

Late last night, reports said, some unidentified militants fired a burst of bullets at a police guard outside the court complex. The firing incident was reported at around 11 pm. There was no loss of life or property.

 

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