More cases of death may be referred to probe commission: Govt

Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday said it would refer more death cases to the commission looking into 17 killings during recent violence in the Valley, if it is not satified with the ongoing magisterial probes into them.

Updated: Oct 09, 2010, 19:22 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday
said it would refer more death cases to the commission looking
into 17 killings during recent violence in the Valley, if it
is not satified with the ongoing magisterial probes into them.

"We will refer more cases to the Commission if there is
need to do so," Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali
Mohammad Sagar said in the Legislative Assembly.

Sagar said the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice
(Retd) Syed Bashiruddin Ahmad will be looking into the
circumstances leading to the death of 17 youth, who were
killed between June 11 to July 19.
He said 19 FIRs have been registered against security
force personnel while Magisterial inquiry has been ordered
into 13 cases.

Earlier, CPI (M) State Secretary and MLA Kulgam M Y
Tarigami called for bringing all the civilian causalities that
occurred during the recent unrest under the ambit of
Commission of Inquiry to bring forth facts before public.

He said the dead cannot be brought back but fixing
responsibility on the offenders of law will certainly console
the bereaved families.

Tarigami said transparent investigation will also help
in earning public trust and restoring credibility of
institutions.
Underlining the need to dispense with frequent curfews in
downtown city, he said it had been constantly reeling under
restrictions.

Tarigami said people in these areas have suffered
badly heavily during the last several decades and urged for
urgent measures to address the grievances of the people living
there.

He said restrictions in downtown also violate religious
rights of the inhabitants as Friday prayers have not been
allowed for several weeks at the historic Jamia Masjid.

Tarigami was supported by Independent MLA from Langate
Sheikh Abdul Rashid.

PTI