Shopian Killings: The Assembly Debate

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SRINAGAR: Notwithstanding, the shocking statements issued by a radical lawmaker over Shopian killings, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told the assembly that the “fear” that would dominate Kashmir during encounters has evaporated. Her speech that government will take the case to logical conclusion, however, was punctured by Omar Abdullah, by saying, that the official position is confusing: what is the requirement of an enquiry when the accused are identified already in the police case.

The debate that was permitted by the Speaker Kavinder Gupta after a pandemonium over the killings led to the deferring of the question hour when the assembly resumed after four days of holidays. Various lawmakers spoke on the motion of adjournment.

BJP Stand

Ruling BJP legislator Ranbir Singh Pathania said that his party welcome the government decision to order an inquiry into the said incident wherein three civilians were allegedly killed by the army. But, he said, the decision should lead to an “impartial probe”. He demanded the immediate withdrawal of FIR register against the army. He said that before blaming army and reaching to any conclusion, the government should inquire the matter so that responsibility could be fixed on those actually responsible.

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