Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has promised to take very strong action against the stone pelters who caused the death of a 11-day–old baby in north Kashmir district of Baramullah on Monday, stunning the people all across the state.
He has asked the police to identify the stone pelters and register a case of murder against them.
"These goondas should be awarded severe punishment."
Omar who has been facing flak over police inaction against the stone throwers in the Valley, demanded to know from those talking about the rights of the stone pelters, "whether the 11-day bad didn’t have the right to grow."
He promised that he would go all out to seek justice for the baby and his four-year-sibling injured in the stone pelting.
A visibly disturbed Omar said that it was shocking that stone pelters targeted the vehicle of Irfan whose parents were taking him for a medical check up.
"These goondas killed the baby," he said.
Omar attributed this action of the stone throwers to the "encouragement from various opposition groups, particularly the principal opposition party based in Kashmir."
This was a clear reference to the main opposition PDP that has been talking of the rights of the stone pelters and chastising the government for its action against the stone throwers.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday had stated that the youth were pelting stones because the government had failed to honour its promises made to the people of Kashmir.
"The opposition had been demanding justice for the stone pelters, now I am asking, didn’t 11-day-old baby had the right to justice," Omar asked.
"Did this baby had no right to grow."
Omar made it plain that he would offer no apologies for action against stone pelters. The security forces have been asked to deal with utmost restraint with the stone pelters.
"But, where they would take law into their hands, they would have to face consequences," he said.
"I will not allow 700-800 stone throwers to hold one crore people hostage."
He said the government would react with as much seriousness as it did in the case of Zahid Farooq, who was killed by a trooper of Central Paramilitary Force.
The culprit was identified in four days and was taken into police custody.