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PCC president demands credible inquiry into Kishtwar violence

india Updated: Aug 11, 2013 21:23 IST
HT Correspondent

Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Prof Saif-ud-din said that a credible inquiry should be made into the Kishtwar violence to bring out real facts before the public.

“A credible inquiry should be held and facts should come before the public,” said Soz, in an interaction with the media on his arrival here from Delhi.

When asked about judicial inquiry marked by the chief minister, Soz said: "I will hold meeting with the CM as I have my own views on it. If he is able to establish that this inquiry is adequate only then I will be fine.”

Many other Cong leaders from Gulab Nabi Azad's camp like MP Lal Singh, MLA GM Saroori and MLC Naresh Gupta have been demanding CBI inquiry into the incident.

“Any other leader making any statement in this regard wiould be doing so at his own personal level. The official statement will only be the one made by me,” said Soz.

Soz had earlier also demanded independent inquiry into the incident.

PCC president is likely to hold meeting with the CM, who arrived in Jammu in the afternoon.
Soz evaded all the question about the alleged complicity and involvement of minister of state for home Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo in the incident.

“You have raised some points about it. Others have also been doing so. I will look into the matter and take it up with the CM, “ said Soz.

BJP and other organisations have been demanding immediate removal of Kitchloo, holding him squarely responsible for the incident. The party national spokesperson has said he should be dismissed immediately to restore confidence of the minorities in the region.

PCC president said adequate compensation, which may require changes in rule, should be given in record time.

The government had already announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh for the victims while the BJP is demanding it to increased to Rs 10 lakh.

Soz said he will ask the CM to allow him to visit along with four other Congress leaders to Kishtwar.

The state government is not allowing any leader from outside to visit the area.

PCC president said that it is an unfortunate incident and every political leader, including those not in the mainstream (pointing towards separatists) should condemn it and express concern over it.