Kishtwar violence: MLA claims police, Army sent him back
Independent legislator Engineer Rashid has claimed that he had been arrested and packed off from Kishtwar on Tuesday after he managed to reach the violence-hit town.india Updated: Aug 14, 2013 00:10 IST
Independent legislator Engineer Rashid has claimed that he had been arrested and packed off from Kishtwar on Tuesday after he managed to reach the violence-hit town.
The claim, made on Tuesday, created another controversy for the Omar Abdullah government, which has been hard-pressed to contain the violence spreading through Jammu.
“My visit to Kishtwar was shocking and we were harassed by both police and the army,” Rashid said in Srinagar.
The MLA, who is also the president of Awami Ittihaad Party, meant to meet the people in a show of “solidarity”. “But when the police and the army realised who I was, I was arrested right away and escorted back to Srinagar,” he said.
Alleging that Muslims are no longer safe in Jammu, Rashid said the village defence committees (VDCs) have been given powers to kill.
“In Chowgam, people said a Muslim had been burnt alive by a Hindu mob,” he said. “In Thatri, people said the VDC men had fired indiscriminately at Muslim men after prayers and injured four. They did not even allow a chopper to take the men to the hospital.”
SC asks J&K govt for report
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the J&K chief secretary Suresh Kumar to file an affidavit giving details of steps taken by the state to control the situation in the aftermath of the communal clashes in Kishtwar district.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam directed filing of the affidavit by August 21, the next date of hearing, on a PIL seeking direction to the government to provide safe passage to the pilgrims stranded due to curfew in Kishtwar. The bench, however, observed the state had taken action. In an oral submission, J&K claimed it had tried to control the situation.