February 2003 News

Custodial killings, disappearances on rise: NC

28 February 2003
News Network International

JAMMU: Asking the state government to come up with a clear cut formula it has devised for the restoration of peace in the state, National Conference has said the talks could not yield any result until all the three parties - India, Pakistan and Kashmiri people-are made part of the dialogue process. Participating in the discussion on Governor's address to joint session of the state legislature, former minister for health and medical education Mian Altaf Ahmed said that both state and central government seem to be 'non-serious' about Kashmir issue, Greater Kashmir reported. The NC leader said that even after the completion of more than three months in power, the coalition government has failed to control the violent activities in the state. 'People continue to die in the violent activities. Incidents of custodial killings are on rise and innocent people continue to disappear', he said adding that the state government has not been able to keep its pre-poll promises. Referring to the appointment of N N Vohra as Centre's interlocutor, Altaf said his party welcomes the move but 'is also worried about the fate of this exercise'. Three persons were appointed by the central government in past but nothing concrete came out in earlier exercises. He said that the government had been claiming that it is working on the provisions for earlier restoration of peace with dignity but 'what formula has been chalked out has not been revealed as yet'. About the stand of his party, Altaf said that the NC favours tripartite talks and feels that it is the only procedure for the early restoration of peace. Terming the present situation as human issue, the former minister said that every body dying in the state are human so immediate steps need to be taken to check the violent activities. Referring to the merging Special Operation Group (SOG) into the regular police, Altaf said the step is not enough to curtail the atrocities of the police personnel on the general public. 'Steps should be taken to making such institute more responsible and credible in the general interest of public'.


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