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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

India

Ruckus in J&K assembly over Afzal issue
Tarun Upadhyay/Amir Tantary , Hindustan Times
Jammu, March 12, 2013
First Published: 15:21 IST(12/3/2013)
Last Updated: 00:00 IST(13/3/2013)

A day after home minister Sushilkumar Shinde rejected handing over the body of Afzal Guru, the J&K assembly on Tuesday witnessed noisy commotion with the PDP demanding a resolution of the House to get back mortal remains of Guru.


The Valley is witnessing curfew and restrictions since Guru was hanged on February 9 as separatists are pressing for getting back his body to Kashmir.

The home minister had on Monday said: "The body can't be given back to Guru's family." 

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier moved the adjournment motion, which was subsequently debated on March 3, to bring back the mortal remains of Guru.

The state government, in its reply, said it had written to the Centre in this regard.

Short of physically attacking each other, PDP and BJP MLAs flung mikes, broke down tables, got onto the table of secretary (assembly) and finally independent MLA Engineer Rashid was physically evicted before the House was adjourned.

"How much injuries you are going to inflict on bodies and soul of Kashmiris. The Centre should have handed over his (Guru) body on humanitarian ground and denying so is ridiculous," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told reporters, after the House was adjourned.

She said Omar Abdullah-led coalition government was part and parcel of the decision-making process with the Centre on this issue and couldn't escape its responsibility.

The House was adjourned twice in the morning as PDP disrupted the proceedings on the issue and was again adjourned when it resumed business for the second sitting in the afternoon.

Making a statement in the House, law and parliamentary affairs Mir Saifullah said chief minister Omar Abdullah had already written a letter to the Centre demanding the return of the dead body.

However, it didn't pacify the members but what irked BJP MLAs was when Mir Saifullah said "Guru Sahib".

The 10 BJP MLAs supported by Panthers Party and an independent MLA rushed to the Well to protest against calling Guru, convicted and hanged in parliament attack, a 'Sahib".

The chief minister had on March 5, while making a statement in the House had also used word 'Guru Sahib'.

"The usage of word Sahib (mister) or Shaeed (martyr) for Guru, who has been convicted by the Supreme Court, is not acceptable. And, any Member who makes statement against India should be suspended," Cong minister Sham Lal Sharma told reporters.

NC MLA Mustafa Kamal, who is brother of union minister Dr Farooq Abdullah, told HT there was no need bring in resolution on this regard as government had already made its stand clear.

According to sources, Congress has categorically told its coalition partner (NC) that it would not allow any resolution on this regard.

"Any resolution against the stated stand of Centre will not be acceptable. Both the NC and the PDP are playing politics at our expense but we can't allow it go further," said Congress minister, wishing not to be named.

The National Conference had on June 2000, when it had full majority, passed a resolution for Autonomy to the State which was rejected by the then AB Vajpayee headed NDA government.


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