PDP accuses govt of not taking action against culprits
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Last Updated: Monday, February 07, 2011, 20:46
Srinagar: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today accused the government of not taking action in several fake encounters, including the Macchil case, and said it has sent a wrong message to security forces that they can do whatever they want and get away.

"No culprit in any murder by government agencies had so far been punished while the government was going after the youth and political activists and treating them like criminals. While teenagers are imprisoned on charges of stone pelting, the killers of 120 people in same incidents are roaming free," PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti alleged.

The PDP president said taking no action in the fake encounter of 70-year-old Habibullah Khan and the "infamous Macchil fake encounter" has conveyed a wrong message to the forces that they can get away with murder.

Mehbooba said while the forces take refuge under AFSPA, the state government too had failed in its duty by not even touching a single police personnel involved in killing of innocent civilians during the last summer's unrest.

"The police and security forces have as a result of this insensitive approach felt emboldened to do whatever they like and the Chief Minister (Omar Abdullah) cannot acquit himself of direct responsibility for these brazen human rights violations," she said, while interacting with the people of Chogul, 85 kms from here in Kupwara district.

She said the environment of impunity and lack of accountability has made the life and dignity of every citizen in the state open to abuse.

"Incidents like the one that occurred in Chogul Handwara in which an innocent student was killed are direct result of this impunity," Mufti said.

Mehbooba said the Chief Minister was the custodian of people's life and dignity and he cannot be passing the buck without taking action at his level wherever it is necessary.

She said the army's claim that Manzoor Ahmad Magray had been killed as a result of mistaken identity in an ambush was suspicious as his body had borne clear torture marks.

"This aspect needs a special focus in any probe that is conducted into the incident," the PDP president said.


First Published: Monday, February 07, 2011, 20:46

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