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Sajjad Kitchloo resigns; 4 police personnel injured in fresh violence

Amid a huge political controversy over the communal violence and riots in Kishtwar, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo resigned as the Home Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2013 14:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Home Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo has tendered his resignation on Monday. Kitchloo said since judicial probe has been ordered by the chief minister, his consciousness doesn’t allow him to head the police department.

Kitchloo, before announcing this resignation, called a press conference and said, “ I take strong exception to the remarks made by Arun Jaitley, leader of opposition in Raja Sabha. Did Gujarat chief minister Narinder Modi resigned after Godhra riots? Did Amit Shah-Modi’s principal poll campaigner, resigned?.”

MoS home has been blamed by all political parties for the communal clashes in Kishtwar which had claimed three lives and after which curfew is continuing in all major towns of 10-district of Jammu province for the last three-day.

Kitchloo, represent National Conference from Kishtwar Assembly constituency who was induced in the cabinet early this year.

His resignation came about 12-hr after four police personnel were injured and vehicles were torched by miscreants in Kisthwar town, 250-km from Jammu, late last night in defiance of curfew orders, where Army has already been placed in.

“Police personnel were attacked by miscreants in Shalimar area of Kishtwar town. They attacked them with stones. And also torched some vehicles. The condition of police personnel continues to critical,” said a police spokesperson.

Meanwhile chief minister has announced judicial inquiry into the Kishtwar incident.

Early he had announced an inquiry by the divisional commissioner, which was not satisfying to the Congress, the coalition partner.

Pradesh Congress Committee president Prof Saifud-din Soz had last evening that chief minister should satisfy me that inquiry by divisional commissioner is adequate.

First Published: Aug 12, 2013 13:30 IST