Kishtwar Clashes: Justice(Retd) Gandhi To Start Inquiry Today

Asif Iqbal Naik


Retired Justice R C Gandhi appointed by the state government to probe into August 9 Kishtwar communal clashes finally arrived at Kishtwar on Saturday afternoon nearly after 20 days since government has announced his name.

Justice Gandhi after his arrival at Kishtwar immediately rushes to Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) Kishtwar and examine the arrangement in his office established by the state government inside the TRC Kishtwar. Even though he assumes his office Saturday, but did not move ahead with his inquiry. As per the sources, Justice Gandhi will finally start his inquiry from Sunday and will record the statements of witnesses and the victims including of those got killed during the violence. District administration has made elaborated security arrangements in and around TRC complex.

Meanwhile people of Karthie and Hanswar of Padder Tehsil held a strong protest against the arrest of five persons including a local Panch Lekh Raj. As per details available with Kashmir Life, Special Investigation Team constituted by the DGP Ashok Prashad on the instruction of the government arrested Girdari Lal son of Shahdi Lal, Kalyan Singh son of Prahalad Singh, Joginder Singh Bhayan Ram all resident of village Hanswar Padder and Pritam Lal son of Radha Krishan
resident of Karthie Padder. As soon as the news of arrest of these five persons spread in the area, the people in large number including the women assembled on main road near Karthie and held strong protest against the arrest of the five persons.

While taking to Kashmir Life, a senior police officer on the condition of the anonymity said that any person involved in violence related case will not be speared at any cost. He said that in case anyone found innocent during the course of the investigation, he will be released without wasting any time. He said that police has so far arrested nearly 60 people in connection with various FIRs registered. He said that investigation into 3 murder cases is at advance stage and assured that culprits involved behind those killings will be soon behind the bars.

He said that the question doesn’t arise that any guilty person will be allowed to go  free. He urged the people to cooperate with investigating agencies and advice the common people not to fall prey to roamers.


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