Govt Tried To Hush Up Shopian Case: Mehbooba

22 June 2009
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: The People’s Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti, on Monday said the indictment of police and civil administration by the Justice Jan commission for destroying the evidence had proved that the government had tried to hush up the case. “The interim report submitted by the Commission has stated that the vital evidence which could have easily helped in nabbing the culprits has been destroyed. This had been done purposely to prove that it was case of drowning as was suggested by the chief minister himself earlier,” Mehbooba said while leading a protest march from the party headquarters to Raj Bhavan. Since the evidence has been destroyed, it is now futile to expect justice from the Commission,” she said. Mehbooba, who was accompanied by senior party leaders Moulvi Ifthikar Ansari, Dilawar Mir and dozens of party activists described the probe as “a mere eyewash aimed at passing time.” The PDP president, who is also the leader of the opposition in the legislative assembly, said it was ironical that instead of initiating action against the superintendent of police, the government had transferred him to a “much important” post. “Instead of suspending him, he has been given a prime posting.” Raising slogans, “punish the guilty” and “send troops back to barracks,” she said all the “draconian laws” in the state, including the Armed Forces Special Powers Act should be done away with. “It’s the laws like AFSPA which are responsible for the atrocities being committed on people here. The AFSPA should be revoked and paramilitary troopers and other armed forces should be withdrawn from towns and villages and sent back to barracks,” she demanded. Later talking to reporters outside the Raj Bhawan, she said, “In the capacity of the opposition members, we wanted to meet the governor and wanted to raise the issue of AFSPA and troop-cut with him. But it’s unfortunate that the governor has refused to meet us.” She said that her party would continue protests unless guilty in the Shopian incident were punished.