Kupwara killings: PDP protests against curfew; Assembly adjourned

KL Report


Soon as lower house of the J&K Legislature met Wednesday morning, PDP legislator from Lolab of Kupwara district stormed into the well protesting against the “unwanted” force used against the locals of his area on Tuesday.

Abdul Haq Khan who represents Lolab constituency in Legislative Assembly demanded action against the men in uniform who according to him enforced curfew in Lal Pora where people were demanding bodies and identification of the slain militants.

Pertinently, seven unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with army and other paramilitary forces last Monday evening. Army claimed all the seven militants as “foreigners”.

Since early Tuesday morning people started protesting against the killings demanding bodies and identity of the slain militants. Police and paramilitary forces used tear smoke shells and aerial firing to disperse the protests. But people in huge numbers came on roads who later on took custody of the bodies and buried them, unidentified, amid pro freedom sloganeering.

As PDP legislator was protesting against the “unwanted” force used against people of his constituency, he was joined by other PDP members demanding reply from the government. The legislators later on staged walkout from the House. The house was subsequently adjourned.

Speaking to Kashmir Life, Khan said, “Demand of people was genuine but government used batons and tear gas shells to disperse them.”

Khan said that the militants needed to be identified and that is what people were demanding. He said that people were facing immense problems in Lalpora area due to curfew.

“People demanded identification of the slain militants so what was wrong in that but shamelessly the government lied to us in this august house that there was no curfew in place in Lolab.”


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