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‘Separatists have double standards on killings’

Last Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 17:47

Jammu: By not speaking up on the recent
killing of a shopkeeper in the Valley, separatists` leadership
in Jammu and Kashmir was adopting double standards, state
Congress on Saturday alleged.

A day after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah lashed out at
separatists, accusing them of indulging in "hooliganism,
highhandedness and muscle power", state Congress chief
Saifuddin Soz on saturday alleged that they have, on many occasions,
applied "double standards" on killings in Valley.

"Many times the separatist leadership applies double
standards (regarding killings in Kashmir)," Soz told reporters
at Congress headquarters here.

"These separatists on many occasions applied double
standards on killings, and that was our grouse against them,"
Soz said.

Soz was replying to questions about the silence of
separatists over the killing of Tariq by stone-pelters here.

Tariq was hit by a cricket bat on the head by two
shopkeepers, who were allegedly enforcing a strike against the
arrest of a youth by police following a demonstration on
December 3.

The 24-year-old vendor was rushed to Soura Medical
Institute and later succumbed to injuries on December 14.

Criticising separatists for forcing people to adhere to
their "calendar of disturbances" and lockouts, and making them
victims of hooliganism, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had said
on Thursday that they should fight on political turf.


First Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 17:47

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