March 2008 News

Parties Inflate Political Killings: NC

9 March 2008

Srinagar: At a time when every political party claims to have lost maximum number of workers in the past two decades for their political connections, there is not a single party, except the Jamait-e-Islami, which has the objective figures about these killings. According to official figures, 410 workers of National Conference have been killed from 1989-2007. The workers include former ministers, MLA’s, district and block presidents, and some provincial activists. Contesting the figures, however, the National Conference has said the party had lost about 7000 workers during the period. “The NC has lost maximum number of workers. We are collecting the data and will publish it in the form of a book very soon,” the NC general secretary, Sheikh Nazir, said. The Peoples Democratic Party, according to official figures, has lost 91 workers from 1999- 2007. The PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti, did not refute the figures, but said the party has no final figures about the number of workers killed. About Congress, the official figures reveal it has lost 83 workers from 1989-2007. But party sources contest the figures, saying they had lost 200 workers during the period. “We couldn’t document the figures because of the derailed system. But now we are in the process of collecting the data about these killings,” the sources said. Jamait-e-Islami is also contesting the official figures that it has lost only 89 workers from 1989-2007. “Our party has lost 2500 workers,” a spokesman said. Peoples Conference, according to official figures, has lost 4 workers during the period. “We respect our workers, and we have started documenting the figures about the killed workers,” the PC chairman, Sajjad Lone, said. Since the eruption of militancy in the valley, the CPI (M) has lost 13 workers, BJP 14, PDF 3, JD 9, AL 13; NCP 3, PP 1 and others 2.

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