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`Severe action against those indulging in rights violation`

J&K CM Omar Abdullah said his government will not tolerate any human rights violations.



Srinagar: Talking tough, Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said his government will
not tolerate any human rights violations and warned of severe
action against perpetrators, instigators and disruptive
elements.

Chairing a high-level meeting of ministers and police
officials, the Chief Minister said his government is
"concerned, conscious and vigilant" to deal firmly with those
found indulging in human rights violations.

The administration should take proactive preventive
measures to ensure that no innocent civilian causalities
occur, he said at the meeting which was called to discuss the
situation following the killing of two youths in Sopore in
North Kashmir.

Omar laid special emphasis on the need for the security
force personnel to strictly follow the Standard Operating
Procedures (SOP) to deal with any situation particularly in
the light of the recent developments.

Making it clear that death of any innocent civilian is a
cause of deep concern for the government, he, however, said
that the government cannot afford to be complacent against
those who want to be a law unto themselves and disturb the
peace and tranquillity in the state.

"My government is committed to maintain peace and order
and shall take strong measures against those elements who for
their own political considerations and vested interests want
to exploit and misguide the youth of the state," he said.

The Chief Minister asked all forces deployed in the state
to exercise utmost restraint while dealing with the
civilians and warned that those found guilty of human rights
violations will be dealt with strictly as per law.

All the ministers issued an appeal to the people to see
through the nefarious designs of those elements who, without
forsaking their own comforts, were putting the people of the
state in discomfort.

They said such elements will be identified and exposed.
It was decided to take action against those who are
facilitating the mischief mongers.

While taking stock of the situation, the ministers took
some important decisions to fix accountability and take
appropriate measures to deal with the law and order situation
effectively.

The meeting was attended among others by Deputy Chief
Minister Tara Chand, Cabinet ministers Ali Mohammad Sagar,
Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Chief Secretary S S
Kapur and Director General Police Kuldeep Khoda.

PTI

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