Showing his resentment towards the inquiry conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the August 9 and 10 Kishtwar and Padder clashes, senior BJP senior leader Sunil Sharma has said the team has lost its credibility as the main culprits and criminal elements behind the Kishtwar violence are still roaming free, while the innocent and poor people are being harassed and lodged in jails.
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, Jammu, on Wednesday, Sunil Sharma, while citing example of one Ashish Kumar, son of Subash Chander, a resident of Bera Bhata, said this youth was framed by the police in a murder case.
He added that the said person was in Jammu on the day the violence occurred and that there are sufficient proofs to authenticate his innocence.
He said this is not the only case where SIT has framed innocent people. Similarly, Omkar Singh, sarpanch of Padder, has been charge-sheeted under Section 307 of the RPC though it was known to everybody that during riots in Padder he was helping the administration and remained with tehsildar and SHO throughout the day on August 10.
He demanded immediate release of all innocent youths, besides appointment of a DIG-rank officer as head of the SIT so that a free and fair inquiry could be conducted.
The BJP leader said his party sticks to its demand of a CBI probe into the Kishtwar violence. He slammed the administration and police for their failure to prevent anti-India slogans during the Eid procession.
He said anti-national elements openly challenged the police and administration and raised anti-India, pro-freedom, pro-Geelani and pro-Taliban slogans outside a temple at old bazaar in Kishtwar.
The BJP leader also slammed the Kishtwar administration for not releasing compensation in favour of the victims. He said the formalities demanded by the administration for release of compensation clearly show that government is not willing to fulfil the promise it made to various public representatives at different public meetings.