Seek filing of cases in both incidents, stern punishment to offenders
New Delhi, Sep 20: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president and Member Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah along with another party MP Hasnain Masoodi staged a protest in front of Gandhi statue at the foreground of the Parliament house against “fake encounters and custodial killings” in Kashmir, a NC spokesman said in a statement.
He said both Dr Farooq Abdullah and Hasnain Masoodi held placards depicting the pictures of the slain men who were killed in the Shopian fake encounter and of a Sopore youth allegedly killed in custody. “The magisterial inquiries announced by J&K government into the circumstances leading to the killing of Irfan Ahmed Dar of Sopore and Kaunsar Reyaz of Batamaloo is mere eyewash,” the spokesman quoted NC leaders as having said.
He said that the leaders demanded a thorough probe into the killings to establish the facts. The protesting MPs demanded filling of cases into the incidents as per the law of the land.
The spokesman said, “The party has expressed outrage against the fake encounter and custodial killings in Kashmir and raised the issue inside and outside the parliament. The party has unequivocally asserted that such incidents would not help the situation to improve and bridge the widening gap of mistrust between the government and the people.” The spokesman said that the party MPs headed by Party President Dr Farooq Abdullah had also called on the Lok Sabha Speaker and urged him to allow discussion on J&K in the Parliament.
“The party MPs also moved calling attention motion in the Lok Sabha urging the Defense ministry to update the house on the status of the inquiry into the Shopian fake encounter. Party MPs also moved adjournment motion against the incidents besides raising the issue during the zero hour of the parliamentary proceedings,” the spokesman added.