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Mohiuddin's Shopian statement misguiding, says Mehbooba

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, September 16, 2013
First Published: 20:45 IST(16/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:47 IST(16/9/2013)

Peoples Democratic Party on Monday accused Congress minister Taj Mohiuddin of “subverting the probe into an atrocity” with his statement on the Shopian killings.


“Taj Mohiudin is behaving more loyal than the king. The medical education minister's statement about the Shopian killings is part of the standard response of the state government to every atrocity committed by it,” alleged PDP president Mehbooba Mufti.

Mohiuddin, who visited Shopian two days ago, claimed that the youth killed on September 7 was “a militant”.

The statement came on a day, when state director general of police claimed that he was in touch with Bihar police to ascertain whether the person killed was from that state.

Of the four youth killed in the CRPF firing in Shopian, the police claimed that three had no militant background. Though, the police said that the fourth youth killed was a militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Another person was killed on September 11 during protests over the killings.

“The government is doing everything to hush up the killing of five innocent youths in Shopian by imposing curfew and restriction. The police have not even entertained the FIR lodged by the father of Tawseef Ahmad, one of the victims of the CRPF carnage,” she alleged.

She said Mohiuddin's statement is not the first of its kind. “Chief minister Omar Abdullah has done it a number of times. The chief minister had proclaimed that Aasiya and Neelofar (in 2009) had drowned even before the probe was ordered,” she alleged.

Similarly, in case of Gool killings, he (Omar Abdullah) accused a moulvi of creating trouble even before any investigation was carried out in the cold-blooded murder of four innocent persons killed by unprovoked firing by the BSF, she added.

Mohiuddin, Mehbooba alleged, was the minster, who took it upon himself to give a clean chit to the chief minister in the Haji Yousuf case of suspicious death and corruption in the Abdullah family.

Mehbooba claimed that the life has become impossible in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama areas, especially in Shopian, where people are raising their voice for justice.

“The government is punishing people by uninterrupted curfew and restrictions. Essential commodities are running out in those areas and access to medical facilities is impossible,” she said.

She added that the fruit trade has been hit because of curfew and restrictions imposed by the government.

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