Oppn seeks judicial probe into excessive use of force on civilians

Srinagar, Aug 17:
Expressing ‘deep disappointment’ over the ‘insensitive response’ of both the Central and the State Government towards the suffering of people of Kashmir, Opposition parties of J&K Wednesday put forth slew of demands to help restore peace in the valley.

Calling for a special session of the State Legislature to discuss the current situation in the valley, Opposition parties demanded judicial probe by a retired judge of Supreme Court to investigate the excessive use of force on civilians and fix responsibility for the same.

They also decided to explore the possibility of jointly calling on President, Pranab Mukherjee as well as leaders of national political parties to discuss the current situation in the valley.
The Opposition leaders demanded immediate discontinuation of pellet guns “without waiting for the so-called Committee” of the Central Government constituted in this respect.

They also demanded end to nocturnal raids, arrests and wanton harassment of the youth “which has further aggravated the extremely volatile situation”.
The meeting of the Opposition parties was called on the invitation of former Chief Minister and National Conference Working President, Omar Abdullah.

Pradesh Congress Chief , Ghulam Ahmed Mir, senior CPI-M leader , M Y Tarigami, DPN Chairman Ghulam Hassan Mir, PDF Chairman Hakeem Yaseen, Awami Itehad Party (AIP) Chairman Engineer Rashid attended the meeting.

Other leaders present on the occasion included National Conference leaders – Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mohammad Shafi Uri, Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan, Mian Altaf Ahmed, Mubarak Gul, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Nasir Aslam Wani and Sakina Ittoo. Senior Congress Leaders Ghulam Nabi Monga, G. M. Saroori, Shyam Lal Sharma, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Taj Mohi-ud-Din Usman Majid, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Aijaz Khan and Ravinder Sharma. Zeeshan Pandit and Inam Ahmed of AIP and Nazir Ahmed of DPN were also present.