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FIR lodged, ex gratia announced into youth killing: Sagar
Members describe the Baramulla incident unfortunate
Jammu, March 6 (Scoop News) - Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohammad Sagar today informed the House that Government has lodged FIR into the Tuesday’s firing incident at Ganaie Hamam, Baramulla in which one youth was killed by Army and another injured.
Replying to the debate on adjournment motion on the said killing moved by Muzaffar Hussain Baig, the Minister said Government will get justice to the bereaved family and culprits responsible for the incident would be brought to book. He said Government has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs. 5 lakh for the family of the deceased.
Earlier, the Speaker, Mubarak Gul, suspending the routine business for day, allowed the motion. He expressed sorrow over the loss of life in yesterday’s incident.
Describing the incident as unfortunate, the Minister said Government has already issued strict instructions to the security forces to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with the law and order situations. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, he said the incident is a matter of concern for the entire House but cautioned members not to do politics over this sensitive and human issue thus playing with the sentiments of people.
Appealing opposition to desist from cheap politicking, Sagar said such incident draw our collective attention to think about the safety and security of people rather than scoring brownie points. Let them come with suggestions to improve the security situation in the State rather than raising the pitch and accusations, he said.
Earlier, initiating the discussion, Muzaffar Baig demanded thorough probe of the incident and punishment for the culprits responsible for the killing. He urged the Government to take all preventive measures to check such incidents in future and create a congenial atmosphere. He urged the Chief Minister to impress upon all security agencies to follow SOPs in letter and spirit.
Abdul Gani Malik while taking part in the discussion said that it is the responsibility of all of us to make efforts to restore peace and order in all areas of the State. He expressed anguish over the incident and sought punishment to the guilty. He also highlighted the role of the Army during the militancy period and bringing normalcy in the State, but he urged the forces to maintain maximum restraint while dealing with the law and order situation.
Harshdev Singh expressed concern over the killing and recent death of two police constables at Handwara. He urged the Government to take steps to avoid recurrence of such incidents and also to maintain law and order. He asked the Government to provide jobs and ex-gratia to next of the kins of deceased.
Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta said that entire House has the concern about innocent killings but simultaneously he said that Army should not be straight away blamed for each incident unless the matter is inquired into. He said Army’s role is to protect the borders but due to militancy the Army was called to tackle the situation. He however, urged that the culprits responsible for the incidents should be booked under law.
M. Y. Tarigami in his speech expressed concern over the recurrence of such unfortunate incidents time and again. He suggested that a resolution be brought in the House for revocation of AFSPA and bringing accountability within the ranks of security agencies. He said if the Centre feels that infiltration has come down in the State, the AFSPA should be revoked. He demanded time bound probe into the incident and steps to avoid such incidents in future.
Ashok Khajuria while expressing sympathies with the bereaved family demanded through inquiry into the incident. He said death of innocents is a crime and should be condemned by all. He raised the issue of killing of two Policemen recently in Handwara and urged the Government to take measures to thwart such incidents in the State.
Mohammad Sharief Niaz while expressing concern over such incidents said that militancy has taken numerous lives during the past over two decades in the State. He said today we are living in a peaceful atmosphere because of the efforts and sacrifices of security forces and we should not undermine their role. However, if anybody from the Army or security forces found involved in the human rights violations be punished after thorough probe. We should not politicise the issue for our petty gains, he said.
Engineer Rashid expressing anguish over the killing of Baramulla youth in yesterday’s firing incident said that unless the basic issues are addressed, such incidents will continue to take place. He blamed Central and State Governments for the present situation due to their wrong policies.
Ashwani Kumar Sharma advocated identifying the elements who instigate youth to create law and order situation for their personal gains, which leads to such incidents. He said such situations compel the security forces to open fires, which often results into deaths of innocent youth. He said everyone should be concerned over the innocent deaths and the issue should not be politicised, rather we should make collective efforts to curb such incidents.
Rachpal Singh also expressed his anguish over the incident and pleaded for concrete steps to curb such incidents. He suggested identifying the elements, which are responsible to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the State. He said killers have no ideology and they are always enemy of the mankind. He also demanded adherence to SOPs and maintaining zero tolerance to human rights violations.
PDP leader, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti expressed anguish over the unfortunate firing incident saying the Government has failed to protect the lives and properties of the people in Jammu & Kashmir. She said that Government has not taken adequate steps to curb the incidents of human rights violations while demanding thorough probe of the incident and providing proper justice to the victim’s family.
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