'No Political Conspiracy Behind Lone Killing'
31 March 2006
The Times of India
Jammu: There was no political conspiracy behind the assassination of Jammu and Kashmir minister Ghulam Nabi Lone in Srinagar last year, according to a panel that probed the killing. Sharing with newsmen the findings of the panel that probed the circumstances in which Lone, then minister of state for education, was shot dead in his residence in the highly protected Tulsibagh area on October 18, 2005, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said no political conspiracy was discovered during the investigation. 'However, there were certain security lapses that led to the assassination of the minister and a near fatal attack on the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami,' Azad said. Finance Commissioner B.B. Vyas, who was the divisional commissioner of Kashmir when the assassination occurred, led the probe. The panel's report was submitted to the government last week and the People's Democratic Party (PDP), to which Lone belonged, had been demanding that its findings be made public. The demand for a probe and the presentation of its findings in the state legislature was made by former tourism minister and senior PDP leader Ghulam Hassan Mir. Azad tabled the report in the house minutes before the conclusion of a month-long budget session on Friday.