Intelocutors meet youth in Srinagar

As part of its efforts for a broad consensus on solving the Kashmir issue, the Centre`s interlocutors on J&K on Tuesday met a delegation of youth who raised the issue of alleged human rights violations and fake encounter.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 19:22 PM IST

Srinagar: As part of its efforts for a broad
consensus on solving the Kashmir issue, the Centre`s
interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday met a delegation of
youth who raised the issue of alleged human rights violations
and fake encounter.

The interlocutor team, headed by eminent journalist
Dileep Padgaonkar, reached Srinagar this afternoon and began
the day by meeting a delegation from National Youth Corps.
"This is part of the process that we have started in
October which is to meet all shades of opinion in Jammu and
Kashmir," Padgaonkar told PTI.

He said the focus of the interlocutors, who also include
academician Radha Kumar and former Central Information
Commissioner M M Ansari, is to evolve a broad consensus.

"The focus is on trying to evolve a broad consensus on
a permanent political settlement or problems out here," he
said.

The group of youth, who met the interlocutors, said they
told the delegation about the rise in alleged human rights
violations in the valley.
"We told them about the rise in human rights violations
and also about the recent (alleged) fake encounter in
Qamarwari," one of the youth, who requested not to be
named, said.

Another youth said he asked the delegation why hardline
Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was refusing to hold
talks with them.

"They told us that time will come that he (Geelani)
will also talk," the youth claimed adding they were from
National Youth Corps and were currently deputed as volunteers
to Lakes and Waterways Development Authority.

Padgaonkar said there are "lots of people" who will meet
the delegation during their current visit before the
interlocutors return to New Delhi on December 23.

Official sources said the interlocutors will meet the
Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir Bashiruddin Ahmad and Awami
National Conference president Khalida Shah.

They are also scheduled to visit a university where
they will meet students, the sources said.

Earlier, the interlocutors had visited the state from
October 23 from 28 and November 9 to 14.

The Centre appointed the group of interlocutors on Jammu
and Kashmir on October 13 this year after Kashmir valley
witnessed one of its most turbulent summers, which left more
than 100 civilians dead and thousands others including
security force personnel injured.

PTI