April 2000 News

Justice Pandiya named inquiry commission in Anantnag killings

6 April 2000
Daily Excelsior

Jammu: The State Government today named Justice (Retd) S R Pandiya as one man judicial inquiry commission to probe police firing on civilians at Brakpora in Anantnag district which killed eight people and wounded several others. This was announced in the both House of Legislature today by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, P L Handoo. Meanwhile, two members of Peopleís Democratic Party (PDP) were marshalled out of the Assembly for creating uproar against the killings of eight civilians in police firing in Anantnag district recently. Handoo said terms and conditions of the inquiry commission were being worked out and will be approved by the Government shortly. The Union Government has also cleared the name of Justice Pandiya, he added. He didnít say whether Justice Pandiya Commission will also probe the massacre of 35 Sikhs in Anantnag district last month. Yesterday Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah had announced in Baramulla that judicial inquiry will be conducted in both the incidents of police firing and Sikhs massacre. Following announcement of Handoo, BJP members in the Assembly demanded that BJP leader from Rajouri, Moulvi Ahmed Dinís killing should also be investigated by the same Judge. The Government, however, didnít concede the demand. It may be recalled that ruling party legislators and some Opposition MLAs had created unprecedented pandemonium in the Assembly on Tuesday against civilians killings in police firing forcing Speaker to adjourn House for the day. Meanwhile, two members of Peopleís Democratic Party (PDP) today created uproar in the Assembly as soon as the House began dayís proceedings. Wearing black-badges and shouting slogans, both PDP members including Abdul Rehman Veeri and Mohd Sultan Panditpuri came into well of the House. ''Bekasoor Logon Ko Mara Ja Raha Hai'' (innocent people are being killed) they shouted in well of the House and castigated the working of National Conference Government. Veeri also tore off some papers and demanded that Question Hour be suspended. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister P L Handoo said the Government had already ordered a judicial inquiry into the killings and, as such, there was no justification of protests. Speaker Abdul Ahad Vakil repeatedly told the protesting PDP members to return to their seats as they have lodged their protest. However, both the MLAs continued to shout slogans. Speaker then ordered the watch and ward staff of the Assembly to marshal out both the MLAs. He also ordered that MLAs shouldnít be allowed to return to the House till they tender an unconditional apology. The PDP MLAs returned to House after sometime.


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