New Delhi: Expressing concern over the
killing of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir, the CPI(M) on Tuesday
asked the government to immediately start the process of
political dialogue with all shades of opinion and stop
"excessive reliance" on administrative measures.
Condemning the "senseless killing" of a young man in
Baramulla yesterday allegedly by security forces, the party
said the government should "stop its excessive reliance on
In a statement, the CPI(M) Politburo said the Centre must
initiate "a dialogue with all organisations representing all
shades of opinion. The political process of dialogue must
start without delay".
It maintained that the tragic death of a child by
drowning a day earlier in "suspicious circumstances" had
triggered off fresh protests leading to police firing which
claimed the life of a youth.
"Only a few days earlier, the all-party meeting had
called for restraint on the side of the security forces. It is
most unfortunate that instead of exercising restraint in this
highly emotionally charged atmosphere, such killings as that
in Baramulla continue," the CPI(M) said.
It said the meeting had also sought "a credible inquiry"
into the circumstances which has claimed several civilian
lives in the recent past.
"But the process for such an inquiry has still not
started. At the same time, there are disturbing reports of
young people being harassed by security forces in different
places. This must stop," the party said.
In Srinagar, CPI (M) State Secretary M Y Tarigami asked
the Jammu and Kashmir government to probe into the incident
and put the culprits behind bars immediately.
"The government should adhere to its commitment for
protection of Human Rights. Mere assurances of zero tolerance
against the human rights violations are not enough to satiate
the aspirations of the people of the state," Tarigami said.
The government should immediately identify and book the
culprits of such heinous crimes and constitute a credible
Commission to inquire into the recent killings, he added.