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Chaos in Kashmir assembly over human rights figures

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 17:49 IST
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The different figures on the human rights violations put forth by the State Human Rights Commission and the government during 2005-06 on Friday created uproar in the state assembly, following which the Speaker Tara Chand adjourned the House.

The government was caught on a wrong foot on Friday for providing confusing figures on human rights violations in the state during 2005-06.

While the report of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) submitted by the government during the last one year puts the figures at 39, the government on Friday said only six such cases were registered during this period.

On a question of National Conference MLA Mir Saifullah, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) Taj Mohuiddin said that only six cases of human rights violations were registered during this period to which the opposition National Conference legislators accused the government of misinforming the House.

Former Works Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar said that it was the government, which had presented the State Human Rights Commission report and informed that 39 cases of human rights violations had been registered during this period.

The government also put the number of custodial killings between 2002 and 2007 at 24.

"My report is correct and the government would look into why there was difference with the SHRC report," Taj Mohuidddin said.

After the House started again following the adjournment by the Speaker Tara Chand, chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad tried to convince the opposition NC legislators that there has always been a difference between the SHRC report and the government report on human rights violations.

"SHRC puts the figures of all cases reported to it while the government puts the figures of human rights violations of only the cases completely investigated," Azad said to which Rather informed the CM that the SHRC also investigates the cases and then puts the figures on record.

"SHRC reports on human rights violations are not only the cases reported but the cases completely investigated by the Commission," Rather said.

Earlier, Sagar questioned the government whether it intended to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the Disturbed Area Act in the state as was promised in the common minimum programme of the  coalition partners to which the government replied that AFSPA was a Central Act enacted by the Parliament of India and the state legislature could not repeal this while Disturbed Area Act was an Act enacted by the state legislature which the government claimed had lapsed in 1998.

The NC leaders raised high pitched slogans, 'Killer government, murderer government, conscienceless government, shameless government, weak government', 'Bring the killers of victims of Tral to book' 'Down with Healing Touch' 'Stop killing the innocents' and 'End fake encounters' creating a pandemonium in the House following which the Speaker adjourned the proceedings in the Legislative Assembly for 10 minutes.

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