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Opposition stages walk out of J&K assembly

india Updated: Feb 16, 2014 16:42 IST

Opposition parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Panthers Party (NPP), on Sunday staged walk out of the state legislative assembly amid noisy scenes in the house.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti accused the state government of using bullet guns and pepper guns against civilian protestors, an act she said left many youth deprived of their vision.

Mehbooba said the use of these weapons at protests had caused loss and impairment of vision in the Kashmir Valley and people had to pay heavily for medical treatment.

"These poor families have to take their children, who have become victims of pellet guns and pepper guns used by the security forces, to Amritsar and other places outside the state for treatment," she said.

"These children belong to poor families who cannot afford costly treatment."

She demanded an immediate stop to the use of such weapons against civilian protestors. She also demanded financial assistance from the state government to the victims.

BJP and NPP legislators demanded parity in electricity tariffs and supply to the people living in the Jammu region and alleged that the people there were charged higher rates.

Legislators of the two parties also demanded that the services of the daily wagers, especially those of the power development department and the state agriculture department, be regularised.

After the opposition walkout, the proceedings of the assembly went normally.