New Delhi: CPI(M) on Friday demanded the
resignation of Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah in view of the
CBI naming him as an accused in the chargesheet filed in the
alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
"The CBI investigation should be pursued seriously. A
chargesheet has been filed and the next step is that Shah
should step down," party General Secretary Prakash Karat told
Noting that the investigations have led to evidence
involving the role of Shah, he said, "Given the history of
connivance of Gujarat government in communal progroms, this
investigation should be continued."
On Kashmir, Karat said the CPI(M) was demanding that a
parliamentary delegation should visit Jammu and Kashmir to
"hear the views of all sections of the society".
"Since June there have been a number of incidents
involving clashes between stone-throwing young men and the
police forces. Seventeen young men have lost their lives in
"The Central Committee noted that the all-party meeting
had called for a credible inquiry into the circumstances which
had led to the death of civilians in the recent period. But
the process for such an inquiry has still not started.
"The security forces have to exercise restraint in the
face of the protests. The Central Committee appealed to the
young people not to go in for a confrontation with the
security forces," Karat said.
Karat also said it was "highly unfortunate" that the
Centre has not taken any "worthwhile step" to initiate a
political dialogue with all sections in the valley.