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Gupta to raise Kishtwar issue in assembly

india Updated: Aug 29, 2013 17:18 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Lok Sabha

Led by former union minister and MLA Chaman Lal Gupta, a group of legislators would soon visit trouble-torn Kishtwar to take stock of the situation there so that the issue can be raised in its true perspective in the ensuing session of the assembly.

Gupta said a very disturbing situation was created when a large numbers of miscreants were allowed to indulge in free for all for hours together. In addition to loot and plunder of the markets, the armed hooligans also attacked houses and resorted to violence, he added.

He observed that while the destitute traders are being asked to resume their business, they have not been provided with preliminary relief. So much so, no committee has been appointed to assess the actual losses, he said. The entire approach to set things right seem to be casual one, he alleged and regretted that there is little seriousness to apply balm to the victims.

Gupta expressed surprise that instead of taking measures to restore the shaken confidence of the minorities, some dubious elements, including from within the ruling parties and outside, are raising unrealistic demands like disbanding of the Village Defence Committees, which were instrumental in frustrating the evil designs of the terrorists to scare away the minorities from Doda belt, including Kishtwar, after completing their task entrusted them by their mentors operating from across the borders as also within the state itself.

It may be pointed out that Gupta represented Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency, including the belt of Doda-Kishtwar thrice.