Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said that until Village Defence Committees (VDC) are disarmed and dissolved, threat will haunt and prevail in Chenab Valley and Muslim Community will feel insecure.
Lashing out at Omar Abdullah led administration for its ‘mismanagement’ and rejecting demand for dissolution of VDCs, Geelani in a statement said, “Occurrences of such incidents in future cannot be ruled out. Expenditure incurred on VDCs is an unnecessary burden over state exchequer and huge amount is being spent over oppression and excesses perpetrated by these committees. For all this, the communal elements as well as state government are responsible.”
He claimed that dissolution of armed wings of Sangh Prewar is inevitable for maintenance of communal harmony and brotherhood in the area. “It will put an end to present turmoil and thereof the differences between the two communities.”
While commenting over continuous curfew in Kishtiwar, Geelani said, “A grave yard silence can be created, however, neither it can be called as peace nor can be claimed that a sense of security has developed among the people living in the area.”
He said that until culprits responsible for August 9 incidents are arrested, innocents released and VDCs dissolved, no guarantee for return of peace can be given. While terming Omar a weak politician, the Hurriyat (G) chairman said that because of the ‘mismanagement’ his five-year tenure has proved to be most dark period in the history of Kashmir
“People have seen nothing else than tyranny and repression. Nothing is right with Omar Abdullah administration. It runs its writ through military and police barrel and this administration provided shield to killers of Asiya and Neelofar in Shopian, the killers of 125 youths in 2010 including Zahid Farooq, Wamiq Farooq, Inayatullah and Tufail Matoo and hundreds of youth were sentenced under draconian Public Safety Act, execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru and episodes like Markundal and Gool, continuous detention of political leaders in jails and in their houses have proved that it is most incompetent administration,” he claimed.
“Though Omar announced tall claims about the action taken against communal forces and Sangh Parivar, but no practical steps were taken till now,” he added.
While criticizing the statement of Omar Abdullah wherein he had said that he has no powers to dissolve these committees he said, “It is very shameful and surprising. It has proved that status of Omar Abdullah is not more than a show boy and Delhi do not take any of his steps as serious.”
“While in power has agreed for this humiliation and does not care even for his self respect. While reiterating his demand and stressing for immediate dissolution of these committees, Geelani said that Hurriyat is closely monitoring the situation and added that they stand by Muslims of Jammu province and won’t leave them at the mercy of communal elements.
“We will raise our voice against the excesses and would try to seek the help and moral support of non Muslim brothers on the basis of mutual human relations,” he said.