Infant’s Death Causes Ruckus In Assembly23 February 2010
Srinagar: Blaming the government for death of an infant in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, opposition PDP Tuesday created ruckus in the Legislative Assembly by resorting to sloganeering, staging a sit-in inside the House and boycotting the session for the day. The government said it will submit a report on the incident in the House on Wednesday. Minutes after the Assembly proceedings began, all PDP legislators led by party president Mahbooba Mufti raised anti-government slogans. Amidst sloganeering, the party legislators tore down the copies of ‘list of questions and business’. They tried to storm into the well of House but were prevented by the Marshals. The PDP MLAs staged a sit-in near the well of the House and chanted slogans like ‘Katil Sarkar hai hai,” “PSA Sarkar hai hai” and “Masoomoon ka katlay aam band karo” (Down with the killer government, down with the PSA government and stop the killings of children). The Speaker told the PDP MLAs to raise their points after completion of Question Hour. However, PDP legislators insisted that they be allowed to raise the issue of baby’s killing and continuously raised slogans “Ek sawal ka jawab do, baki sawal chod do” (Reply to one question, leave others). “Killing of 11-day old baby is more important than the question hour,” Mahbooba screamed and demanded suspension of Question Hour. However, Speaker continued the business, prompting PDP legislators to stage a walk out. “You have made mockery of this House. Wamik was killed, Zahid was killed and now 11-day-old infant was killed and you are expecting us to remain silent,” Mahbooba yelled at the treachery benches before leaving the House. Talking to reporters in the Assembly premises, the PDP president said the newly born baby has been killed due to “mismanagement” of the government and the opposition can’t act as “mute spectators”. “We want a discussion on the issue. But unfortunately, the attitude of the government and the Speaker is totally wrong. Force was used against us inside the House and during the protest against human rights violations on Monday,” she said. The PDP legislators boycotted the proceedings of the House for the day to protest over what they said, “a very casual approach toward the killing of a baby at Baramulla district.” Taking note of PDP’s walk out and protest, Speaker directed the government to look into the issue. He asked for inquiring into the circumstances leading to this incident and a complete report about identity of the infant. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ali Muhamamad Sagar said government will submit a detailed report on the incident in the House on Wednesday.