HR violations unacceptable: Mufti
19 July 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Asserting that his Government would not accept any human rights violations, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said that anybody found involved in such abuses would face stern action. Addressing the Central Police Welfare Committee at Zewan here today, the Chief Minister said his Government had made it abundantly clear to all wings of security forces and the police that no human rights violations would be tolerated. With the coming of coalition Government to power, the people had expectations from us to the extent that not even a single human rights violation should be there. The message was clear and there has been a great deal of change in the mindset even among the security forces that alongwith other measures led to total relaxation of the situation. Although challenges of the situation are enormous, there is no justification, whatsoever, for use of excessive force. While no human rights violation should take place in any situation, such incidents are totally out of place with the overall emerging relaxed atmosphere. Regretting that it is a matter of concern that human rights abuses are still reported from some areas, Mufti Sayeed said that the Government has taken serious cognizance of all these cases. He asked the Director General of Police to investigate all these cases and bring the erring persons to book. Lauding the role Jammu and Kashmir police in recent times, the Chief Minister said that there is a historic necessity for the police to play its pivotal role in restoring peace in the State. Asking the police to play a pro-active role not only in restoring peace but also in prevention of crime and better management of traffic system, he, however, commanded them not to harass any citizen. He said with the on set of militancy, police's basic functioning of prevention of crime has lost sight of. The time has come when such functions are restored to the benefit of law- abiding citizens. Mufti Sayeed welcomed anti-violence and pro- dialogue utterances of Maulana Fazalur-Rehman, Pakistan's hardliner leader and senator, currently in India, and said that it is good that realization is fast dawning about the futility of gun even on the hardliners. The Chief Minister said that in this emerging situation, it is equally important to address the internal dimension of Kashmir imbroglio. He said the Statements of the new All Party Hurriyat Conference chief are also encouraging and a favourable climate is gradually generated in the State for a meaningful dialogue. He said during his recent meetings with Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister Mr. L. K. Advani he had urged them to take steps for talking with all sections including with those who did not participate in the elections. Mufti Sayeed also asked the police to expand the ambit of welfare centres so that these can meet the requirements of uniforms and other items of different departments. The Chief Minister said that a committee headed by Financial Commissioner, Finance would be set up to sort out the problem of GP Fund schedules and related matters. Earlier, the DGP, Mr. Gopal Sharma assured the Chief Minister that Jammu and Kashmir police would not hesitate to offer sacrifices to restore peace in the State under the guidance of Chief Minister. He said the force has laid down lives of about 700 gallant police personnel in the fight against militancy and their morale is very high. He said the Chief Minister's agenda of healing touch and dealing with the militants sternly has paid dividend, which is evident from the changing scenario. He said morale of the force and welfare measures are inter- linked that is why welfare measures are also given considerable attention. Mr. Sharma said that Rs. 4 lakh relief is given to the next of kin of the deceased member of Jammu and Kashmir police out of the police welfare fund which is contributed by everyone from constable to DGP. There is also children's fund, which is utilised for the welfare of the children of police personnel. Listing various activities of the force, the DGP said that two public schools are coming up at Miransahib in Jammu and Bemina in Srinagar. The school at Miransahib is nearing completion. He said the effort is to make these schools one among the best in the State. He said the welfare centres in the districts are providing uniforms and the income thereof goes to the concerned people. Mr. Sharma said that a sum of Rs. 2.29 crore has been spent from central police welfare fund from December 2001 till the end of last month. Out of this amount, welfare loan has been advanced to 390 police personnel, immediate and special welfare relief paid to next of kin of 293 deceased police personnel, welfare relief to 77 police personnel and special reward to 17 wards of police personnel. Additional Director General of Police, Armed, Mr. Kuldeep Khuda, ADG, Security, Mr. Madan Lal, ADG, CID, Dr. Ashok Bhan, IG Headquarters, Mr. Masud Choudhary and other senior police officers participated in the meeting.