Srinagar: While accusing police of acting as an ‘underground agency’ Member Legislative Assembly, Langate constituency Engineer Sheikh Rashid on Friday demanded a magisterial probe into the killing of Mukhtar Ahmad Sheikh who according to the police was killed in crossfire.
He also sought suspension of higher police officials including director general of police and district police chief.
Killing of Mukhtar, a resident of Thokripora, Hardwara of Frontier District Kupwara last Saturday has put police on the back foot with locals claiming to have recovered grenade from his pocket after police had done his post-mortem.
“The suspension of ASI is not enough. He has been made a scapegoat. If government is serious, then they should suspend DG and district superintendent of police and punish those behind this incident,” Rashid said fearing recovery of a grenade from a dead body could well be a ‘conspiracy’ on behest of people who, he felt, should be exposed.
“Tell me where grenade came from after police did the post-mortem. Do we have shops where grenades are sold?” Rashid asked.
Rashid didn’t rule out possibility of a link between the recovery of grenade and Obama’s visit to India.
Rashid, a vocal critic of Omar Abdullah led coalition government viz-a-viz human rights violations; felt governance in the state has plunged from ‘zero’ to ‘bad governance’.
Courtesy police actions during the last four months, Rashid thought, police has ‘lost its credibility’.
“Nobody believes what police says these days, it is acting as an underground agency,” he said.
He accused state government of diverting funds, meant for the Kashmir region, from the central government to Ladakh and Jammu regions.
According to Agence India Press correspondent, he said that off late funds that have come from the central government are meant for the Kashmir region for it has been affected most during the unrest. But funds have been distributed amongst all three regions, amounting to the discrimination with the Kashmiris.
He welcomed Indian government’s move to appoint interlocutors aimed at taking the dialogue process forward between the different political opinions in the state and criticized opposition People’s Democratic Party for playing politics regarding the choice of interlocutors.
“Central government should pay heed to the political aspiration of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and listen to what they want,” Rashid suggested adding he was having no differences with the ‘agenda of stone-pelters’ but doesn’t endorse their way of protest.
Condemning the attack on Geelani during his speech in a seminar in New Delhi by some Kashmiri Pandits Rashid termed the attack as ‘contrary to freedom of expression’.
“Attack on Geelani has saddened whole of Kashmir,” he said.
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