December 2016 News

'JKPCC Chief Barred From Visiting Dooru'

3 December 2016
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Congress delegation led by Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee President, G A Mir 'was again barred from visiting Batagund Dooru to meet the family of former Sarpanch Sajad Ahmad Malik, who was killed on Thursday in an alleged encounter.' A spokesman of party said the delegation comprising senior Congress leaders was stopped at Jawahar Tunnel by the Police, but they managed to reach Umoo Verinag, where from they were not allowed to move towards Batagund. 'Even the PCC Chief was not allowed to enter his residence at Umoo, which is highly unfortunate and condemnable,' he said. He said that the Police informed the delegation that there were clear directions from the Government not to allow the JKPCC president to visit Batagund Verinag to offer condolences to the bereaved family. 'The police has claimed that Malik was killed after decamping with AK rifle from police station Dooru to create an impression that he was killed in a retaliatory action,' he said. The spokesman condemned the Government action for putting curbs on the opposition. Mir, he said, described the step as undemocratic, unethical and blamed the Government for the 'killing of Malik, who was under strenuous pressure to work for the ruling PDP.' 'Restraining opposition from visiting Batagund amounts to granting impunity to the killers of Malik. The unnecessary restrictions on our movement vindicate our claim regarding killing of former Sarpanch,' Mir added. The PCC president also condemned the 'suspected killing of Assadullah Kumar of Mandhole Qazigund on Friday and asked the Government to initiate a probe into the killing, so that the culprits are identified and punished.' Mir blamed PDP-BJP coalition for loss of lives and warned that killing of innocent people won't be tolerated. The PCC president was accompanied by MLA Mohammad Amin Bhat, MLA Gulzar Ahmad Wani, General Secretaries Surinder Singh Channi Hilal Ahmad Shah, PCC Secretary Farooq Malpuri, Ali Mohd Mantoo, Office bearers of DCC Anantnag, youth Congress leaders and other senior leaders. Meanwhile, JKPCC Vice-President MLC GN Monga, who is representing Panchayats in Legislative Council was also barred from visiting Dooru, the spokesman said, adding that Monga was scheduled to visit the residence of slain Malik. Condemning the government for putting curbs on the opposition, Monga described it as a move to 'suppress the opponents with the fear of being getting exposed.' Lashing out at coalition government for barring Congress leaders from visiting Batagund Verinag, Monga termed it as an attempt to hide the reality. The PCC Vice President said that only a time-bound judicial probe would bring the truth to fore. 'There are different versions from the Police department, which are not satisfactory. These statements have added confusion to this issue,' he said.