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Doda: Finally Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today came down strongly on separatists and told them to shun hooliganism, the strong words came after the death of a shopkeeper in the downtown area of summer capital, Srinagar, when he was allegedly beaten up by stone-pelters for refusing to shutter down his shop and succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.
He was addressing National Conference Party Workers’ Conventions and public receptions at Doda and Bhaderwah today, the Chief Minister said that the government will not tolerate ‘gundaism’ and attempts at disturbing peace by forcing people to shutdown their establishments and marring their bread earning opportunities.
Asserting that his endeavour would continue to seek peaceful and progressive Jammu and Kashmir through a positive political ideology, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday criticized the separatists for forcing the people to adhere to their calendar of disturbance and lockouts making them victims of hooliganism.
“If you want to fight, you should fight politically and not by means of hooliganism, highhandedness and muscle power”, he told the separatists adding that ‘lies cannot live long’ and people cannot be hoodwinked by slogans and fear. “One day you have to apologies the people for this sort of attitude”, he maintained and asked them to face political challenges politically and fight the roadmap and framework put forth by NC for settlement of K-issue on political turf.
The Chief Minister told the separatists that there is no taker of violence and hatred and nobody can digest your stance that ‘whatever you do is right and whatever others carryout is wrong’.
“A peaceful and youthful person of Nowhatta is the latest victim of your outlook”, he said.
“While we condemn all acts of human rights violation and misuse of power by anyone, it is unfortunate to observe that if such a kind of act had been committed by men in uniform the cry raising by separatists would have been on its top”, he added.
“The innocent youth was killed as he didn’t accept shutting down his shop and rejected the unnecessary strike calls given by the separatists more often. He was severely hit by the stone pelters’ regiment of separatists forcing people to obey the calendar of hartals.
He succumbed to his injuries in SKIMS”, the Chief Minister observed and expressed grief over the loss of a precious human life.
Meanwhile, the demise of the young person has been widely condemned by the Minister for Rural development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Parliamentary affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar has strongly condemned the death of Tariq Ahmed, a shopkeeper who was critically injured by disruptive elements when he had openly raised his voice against the stone pelting and hartals, who succumbed to injuries last night. Other mainstream politicians and leaders condemned the killing and termed it as inhuman’ and ‘barbarian’. CPI-M, state secretary, M Y Tarigami, Minister of State, Nasir Aslam Wani, Agriculture Minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir described the killing of the shopkeeper as an ‘inhuman act’ and ‘engrave human rights violation’. (AIP News)
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