Kishtwar violence: J&K is not anyone`s private property, says Arun Jaitley

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley of the BJP on Monday hit out at the J&K government.

Zee Media Bureau/ Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: Amid uproar in Parliament over the issue of violence in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley of the BJP on Monday hit out at the state government.

Speaking during a discussion in the Upper House on the matter, Jaitley – who was yesterday stopped at Jammu airport from visiting Kishtwar where communal violence since Friday claimed three lives – said, “Jammu and Kashmir is not the private property of one family. Even media has kept a stunning silence. It requires investigation.”

Jaitley, who was indirectly referring to the Abdullah family, added that “it was only after 6 to 7 hours that the Army was actually called in; till then there was murder and mayhem in Kishtwar.”

“You are putting in place a system in J&K like in the 1990s… as if anybody going there only has the intention of causing disturbance,” he said further.

An angry Farooq Abdullah responded to Jaitley’s charges, saying, “In 2002, Gujarat did not allow people to enter Ahmedabad… did not deploy the Army. It is not the property of (Narendra) Modi.”

Earlier in the day, both the Houses of Parliament faced repeated adjournments amidst noisy protests by the BJP over riot-hit Kishtwar town in Jammu and Kashmir.

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