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Punish erring security forces: Brinda Karat

Last Updated: Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 16:03

Srinagar: CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat on Saturday said Centre should set up an independent and impartial commission to punish the "erring" security forces for
allegedly killing 114 persons during the unrest in the Valley last year.

"We cannot talk about peace without delivering justice. The Government should set up an independent and impartial commission to bring the guilty personnel -- be it from the Army, paramilitary or police -- to book," Karat told reporters on the sidelines of the two-day women`s conference organised by the Centre`s interlocutors here.

Karat said punishing the "erring" personnel will create an atmosphere of reconciliation, which can act as the foundation for the dialogue process for political resolution of the Kashmir issue.

She said it was surprising that action has not been taken even in single case of death and further delay in bringing the culprits to book was neither good for people of Kashmir nor in the interests of India.

"We came to know about a case which was going on in the court but was transferred to BSF tribunal. It seems only a way to shield the guilty," she said.

"There is no doubt that there is a need for the political issue to be addressed but before that justice has to be done.

Dialogue is the only way forward but it has to be unconditional," the Rajya Sabha member said.

Karat said besides apprising her party about her interactions with the women from Jammu and Kashmir, which included many victims of violence, she will also raise the issue in the Parliament at the first opportunity.

"We have done it in the past and we will again raise the voice of the women from Kashmir in the Parliament," she said.

Karat said while women bear the brunt of violence in every part of the world, the suffering of Kashmiri women was manifold as they had to bear the "injustices" from both the sides of the conflict -- security forces and militants.

She said the eight-point package announced by the Centre following the visit of the All Party Delegation to Kashmir last year has not been implemented on ground.

"Then we would not see so many security bunkers and the use of Public Safety Act (PSA) as it is done in the state at the moment," she added.

Shruti Chaudhary, Congress Lok Sabha member, said she could feel the pain of the Kashmiri women and would make an earnest effort to convey the same to the Centre.

"Injustices have been done and we will convey the same to the Government so that the problems are addressed," she said.

The other two parliamentarians -- Viplove Thakur and Mabel Rebello -- said dialogue has to be initiated with all stakeholders in the state and Pakistan to find a political solution.

Centre`s Interlocutors delayed submission of their report to the Government in order to take on board the views of the fairer sex in the state as they felt they were not adequately represented during their interactions over the past five months.


First Published: Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 16:03

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