CBI Has Given Another Jolt To Kashmir: PDP

17 December 2009
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: The largest opposition party in Jammu and Kashmir with twenty-one legislators in assembly Thursday took out a protest rally in Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of the city, and in Jammu against CBI refusal of admitting the crime involving death of two young women Asiya and Nelofer in Shopian. Eyewitnesses said that scores of PDP members, led by district president Srinagar Mohammad Ashraf Mir took out a rally from party headquarters and marched through nearly half a kilometer district before dispersing peacefully at Ghanta-Ghar (clock-tower) here. The PDD members, including few women, carried placards reading “We want Justice”, “No comprise with dignity and honour, “Down down CBI,” “Fight for justice will continue and “Fraud investigation is not acceptable.” This is the second rally of its kind by the opposition party vis-à-vis Shopian incident. Earlier the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti in June last held demonstrations to protest refusal of police to register an FIR into the killings. Mohammad Ashraf Mir, the district president told reporters that the people in valley have lost all the little faith in central premier investigation agency after the Shopian report. “The premier agency has given another jolt to the Kashmir,” he added. Besides denouncing the Shopian report, Mir said the rally was organized to highlight what he termed the failure of the government to arrest prices and provide enough rations especially in the rural areas. “The rally was also held to highlight the mis-governance in the state and deteriorating power situation which has thrown the state into total darkness,” he alleged. Meanwhile, PDP activists led by Party General Secretary Balbir Singh took out a rally at Jammu. Reports said that PDP workers took out a procession from Shakuntala Chowk to Governor House. The protestors denouncing CBI’s report later dispersed peacefully. Recently, in a press conference here, the party president Mehbooba Mufti alleged that the CBI was shielding ‘someone’ in the case and rejected the theory of drowning, asserting that the bodies of the victims would not have borne the blood stains on their faces had they died because of drowning.