Delhi Rules Out LeT Link To Stone Pelting8 December 2010
Srinagar: Reiterating that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India, Government of India (GoI) Wednesday admitted for the first time that there were no definite reports to suggest Lashkar-e-Toiba was behind stone pelting in Kashmir. Answering a question of Ram Jethmalani and Ravi Shankar Prasad in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken said Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of territory of India as declared by Article 1 of the Constitution. Regarding a question about involvement of Laskhar-e-Toiba behind the stone pelting in Kashmir valley by Captan Singh Solanki, the minister said there were no definite reports to this effect. “However, the organisation’s role could not be denied in provoking militancy in the State,” he said. He said Delhi had supported the J&K government in tackling the law and order situation by deploying additional CRPF personnel from time to time. Maken said an All Parties Delegation had visited the state in September and met all sections of people. “The Government had announced an 8-point package which was under implementation. The violent stone pelting incidents had come down after September 21,” he said. To a question of Rudra Narayan Pany (BJP) about the controversial conference questioning Kashmir as an integral part of India, Minister of State for Home M Ramachandran conceded that some participants in the seminar titled “Azadi- the only way” in New Delhi had expressed the view that Jammu and Kashimir was not an integral part of the country. “Some sympathisers of CPI-Maoists were also present at the meeting”. A case had been registered against Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, author-activist Arundhati Roy and others by the Delhi Police in this regard. Maken said government aware of the statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressing doubts about the merger of the state with India but had clarified subsequently that he was referring to the then ruler Hari Singh who had signed only the instrument of accession and not any for merger. Answering a question by Avtar Singh Karimpuri (BSP) on the families migrating from the Jammu and Kashmir to Delhi and other places, the minister said 58,697 families had migrated from the Valley since the onset of militancy in the 1990s. “A comprehensive package of Rs 1,618 crore had been announced for the return and rehabilitation of the migrants in 2008. The state Government had taken measures to implement the package but no family had returned to the valley. It would not be possible to indicate any time frame for their rehabilitation,” he added.