Srinagar, Sep 18 : CPI (M) senior leader and MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Tuesday said that the Government should reconsider its decision of shifting prisoners from valley jails to outside state jails as it causes lot of hardships and inconvenience to their families.
“There are reports that dozens of detainees are being shifted to outside jails,” Tarigami said in a statement issued.
He said that there are instances where persons have been detained multiple times under the Public Safety Act (PSA) even after courts released them. “We had brought a bill in the Assembly to amend the PSA and remove harsher clauses in it. But unfortunately, then government didn’t allow it to happen,” he said.
He said that there are complaints that indiscriminate harassment of people is happening in various areas of the Valley and especially south Kashmir. “Trust cannot be built by using of indiscriminate use of force and draconian laws against people, arresting innumerable youth and suppressing the voices of dissent. We reject the repression and want peace to prevail in valley and not the silence of graveyard,” he added.
Tarigami also said that such acts taken in haste are bound to increase alienation among Kashmiris especially that of its younger generation and leadership of the country must revisit its Kashmir policy and the focus must be reduction in alienation among people. “There is already considerable trust deficit between the state and rest of the country, which we hope would be realized by all shades of opinion in the country to apply a course correction in its approach to Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
He said that political leadership needs to have a political approach to solve the long pending political problem of the state. “Security-oriented approach overtaking the political outreach, will end up being a loss for the people of Kashmir only. The current unrest in Kashmiris the result of deep and massive alienation caused by long history of broken commitments, repression, socio-economic woes and denial of justice to the people which has resulted in hopelessness, despondency and loss of confidence in the political leadership,” he said.
NC-PDP responsible for culture of impunity, lack of accountability in Kashmir: Sajad
Srinagar, March 20: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone Wednesday while expressing grief on the killing of Rizwan Pandith in police custody blamed lack of accountability patronized by two traditional parties to safeguard their own interests.
The killing of a school teacher in police custody is unacceptable in a democratic setup and must be condemned in strongest of terms. It is imperative for the Governor administration to conduct a fair and transparent inquiry into the reasons that led to this unfortunate incident and punish those involved. For people to be able to have belief in the system, justice must not only be done but seen to be done as well”, he said while condemning the killing.
Sajad said that the culture of impunity and lack of accountability started by two traditional political parties and their failure to hold erring police officers in the past accountable has led to normalization of excesses.
“The failure of NC & PDP to hold culprits to account is partly responsible for the death of Rizwan Asad Pandit. This culture of immunity and impunity has to end for people to have any trust in the system. The judicial inquiry ordered in this incident has to be time bound and reach its final conclusion because the way these two parties have used judicial probes to cool down tempers and buy time.”, he added.
Sajad said that NC’s opportunistic politics and the party’s insatiable thirst for power at any cost have been borne by the people of Kashmir over the past many decades.
“The election of 1987, which was rigged to impose NC on the people of Kashmir, was a collective murder that has spread over three bloody decades and cost us nearly one lakh innocent lives till now. It pushed the youth away from the mainstream and forced them to pick up the gun. NC’s thirst for power in 1987 & 1996 elections threw the State into the throes of turmoil and suffering”, he added.
Death of Rizwan in custody is ‘State sponsored act of terror’: KCC&I prez
Srinagar, March 20: Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, President of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) Wednesday termed the death of Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora in police custody and the subsequent conduct of the State to be a ‘State sponsored act of terror’.
Sheikh Ashiq as per a statement issued to media said, “Under the garb of fighting terror, the State seems to have declared a war on the civilian population. Repeated provocations, brutalization and killings of unarmed civilian population suggests that decisions have been taken to push Kashmir Valley into a situation of chaos and anarchy. Security agencies have been given a free hand to commit atrocities of the worst kind without any accountability.”
“No effective action has been taken to punish the killers. The responsibility of the State to protect lives of its citizens stands violated. The State has so far chosen to look the other way and only announced a magisterial enquiry. Till the time the enquiry is completed, the killers would be free to roam and commit more atrocities in the society. The infructuous results of earlier enquiries evoke little hope of justice being provided to the victims,” he said.
Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad stated that the stakeholders of different political ideologies needed to not only condemn but also take responsibility for a joint response in this regard.
“Murder of unarmed civilians cannot be business as usual. The business community would be looking forward to a united effort from the society for ensuring that the course of justice is not impeded and guilty pay for shedding innocent blood,” he added.
Police arrests thief at SKIMS Soura, stolen items recovered
Srinagar, March 20: Police on Wednesday arrested a thief involved in theft of mobile phones at SKIMS Soura and recovered the stolen items from his possession.
The spokesman said that police station Soura had received multiple complaints regarding the theft of mobile phones in SKIMS Soura.
Accordingly, a case FIR No. 10/2019 under relevant sections of law was registered and investigation was set into motion.
During the course of investigation, a police team arrested a suspect based on human and technical inputs. The individual identified as Aijaz Ahamd Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad Dar, a resident of Haigam Sopore, presently residing at Waheedpora Ganderbal, confessed his involvement in the theft cases. He further revealed that he used to target patients/attendants waiting in the queues for obtaining OPD tickets and other reports near the collection centers.
Police recovered 19 stolen mobiles phones from his possession and further investigation is going on.