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Resolution for judical probe into Kashmir killings defeated in upper house

A resolution moved by a PDP legislator for setting up a judicial inquiry to probe the recent killings in the upper house on Wednesday was defeated by voice vote today.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2011 19:27 IST
Tarun Upadhyay

A resolution moved by a PDP legislator for setting up a judicial inquiry to probe the recent killings in the upper house on Wednesday was defeated by voice vote on Wednesday.

The resolution also triggered heated exchange between PDP and NC legislators blaming each other of political opportunism and political turmoil in the State.

PDP MLC Murtaza Khan had moved a resolution for setting up judicial enquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe the death of almost 100 people during last year's summer unrest.

Law and parliamentary affairs minister Ali Mohammad Sagar objected to the resolution by terming it as political opportunism by the PDP.

"You have been playing politics over stone-throwers. It's a politics over dead bodies. It's not because of the sympathy but for political opportunism with an eye for power," Sagar said.

The government has already appointed two-member commission of inquiry to probe the death of 17 people since June 11 - the day teenager Tuffail Matoo died after being hit by a tear gas shell.

The CoI was ordered to probe the death of seven people each in Srinagar and Baramulla and three in Anantnag.

Murtaza Khan responding to the remarks of Sagar said it has been experienced that inquiries ordered in the past have done little and its findings have not been adhered to.

"Late chief minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, grandfather of CM Omar Abdullah, is responsible for the turmoil in the state. He acted as per his political convenience. He didn't let Kashmiris know the real situation," said Murtaza.

"He sided with Pandit Nehru and told that they are with India. But when out of power demanded plebiscite showing strong inkling towards Pakistan. This shifting of political ideology is responsible for turmoil."

Khan's reference to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, founder of the National Conference, triggered heated response from the treasury bench.

NC legislators Ajay Sadhotra, Devinder Singh Rana, MY Taing and others strongly objected to it.

"You can't bring in the name of a person who in not present in the house and is not alive anymore," said Sagar.

Deputy chairman of the legislative council intervened and directed the PDP legislator not to make any remark about a person who is no more.

The resolution was defeated by voice-vote.