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PDP accuses govt of not taking action against culprits

Last Updated: Monday, February 7, 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 7, 2011 - 20:46

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