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Gupta demands probe in labourers' killings in J&K

Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta demanded a probe into killings of labourers in J&K.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 12:23 IST

Expressing grief and anguish over the massacre of labourers from Bihar and Nepal in Yaripura area of south Kashmir, former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta has demanded an independent probe into the 'selective killings of innocent workers'.

"An investigation of the carnage is all the more necessary because certain constituents of the ruling coalition in the state had been preaching against the presence of these non-Kashmiri labourers in this part of the country," he said, in a statement issued here on Wednesday, adding that it was "beyond doubt that all such activities are taking place at the behest of the mentors of militancy, operating from across the border."

Noting the manner in which certain so-called mainstream parties have been playing second fiddle to the designs of the enemy, Prof Gupta claimed that a probe into such incidents could lead to "exposing the black sheep, extending indirect support to militancy and secessionism."

Also condemning the grenade attacks on the pilgrims and other innocent persons in J&K, he said it indicated the designs behind such attacks which was to "create disharmony and communal tension."

"All this is being done to carry forward the basics on which the unfortunate division of the country took place," he said, charging the Congress leadership with "being instrumental in accepting such an evil approach in 1947 and onward."

He said the daylight attack on the pilgrims at the bus stand in the heart of this city also exposed the tall claims about the tight security and the failure of the soft policies of Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre, and that of the coalition Government in the state.

"History is witness to the fact that terrorism can never be tackled with a soft approach," he observed.

First Published: Jun 14, 2006 12:23 IST