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Situation in Kashmir at ‘its worst’: Congress attacks PDP-BJP govt in Rajya Sabha

Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad described the incident of a terrorist escaping from custody as “unfortunate”, and demanded a full-fledged discussion over the security situation in the state.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2018 13:24 IST
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
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Security personnel stand guard during a search operation after an LeT terrorist escaped from police custody during a health check up at SMHS hospital, in Srinagar on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

The Congress on Wednesday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is “at its worst” as it blamed the escape of a Pakistani LeT terrorist from a hospital in Srinagar as a “failure” of the BJP-PDP government.

Raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour, leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the escape of Naveed Jat alias Abu Hunzullah from the SMHS hospital on Tuesday, “doesn’t reflect good” on the state or the country.

“I have been reiterating that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is its worst.

“On Tuesday a Pakistani LeT terrorist escaped when he was being taken to the SMHS hospital for a medical check up from Srinagar Central Jail in the morning,” he said.

Calling Hunzullah’s escape “the first such incident in last 20 years, Azad said: “Such incidents used to happen in 1990s.”

“This doesn’t reflect good. It’s not good for the state, as well as for the country.

“There was mistake on part of the state government because such a terrorist was being taken to hospital without proper security arrangements,” he said.

“He could have been taken to an Army hospital. Why was he taken to SMHS (Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital),” Azad said. It is a multi-speciality hospital in the Karan Nagar area of Srinagar.

The former chief minister describing the incident as “unfortunate”, demanded a full-fledged discussion over the security situation in the state.

Azad urged the government to remain alert while dealing with such situation. “Such incidents should not be repeated in future,” he said.

In the audacious attack, militants attired in pherans helped the Pakistani terrorist escape by firing at the police party escorting him to the hospital, leaving two policemen dead.

Hunzullah escaped when the waiting militants fired at the police party outside the hospital. One policeman was killed, while another was injured, and died later at the hospital.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 13:24 IST