Srinagar: The main opposition party the National Conference on Tuesday questioned the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that why hasn’t she taken any legal action in the Shopian killings incident even after accepting that the youth killed were civilians.
NC, in a statement said that it’s not the job of the chief minister to ‘sulk and hang her head in sorrow’. The statement also pointed out that the silence on the part of the government is not only ‘abjectly shameful’ but an indicator of ‘abject surrender’.
Mehbooba had tweeted that the ‘civilian killings had deeply distressed her.
“The Chief Minister tweeted accepting that the youth killed in Shopian by the security forces were civilians while telling us that she was ‘distressed’ because of this incident. What would the people like to know is why no legal action has been taken by the State Government against the errant culprits when it has accepted the young men were not militants of OGWs but innocent civilians?,” NC Spokesperson Junaid Mattu said in a statement.
The statement further added, “It is not the job of the Chief Minister to sulk and hang her head in sorrow. She hasn’t been elected to be a mute spectator as civilians are killed – only to tweet her condolences. She is duty bound to hold the culprits accountable and if she chooses not to do so – this would be a serious dereliction of her constitutional duties yet again.”
The statement also mentioned that the PDP MLA from Shopian too has categorically stated that the youth were civilians killed in a gruesome and deliberate manner.
He had even called for a judicial probe into the matter.
“When both the Chief Minister as well as her local MLA from Shopian are confessing those innocent civilians were gunned down by the security forces, why haven’t arrests been made and why hasn’t a specific, detailed FIR been filed against the errant troops?” the NC statement questioned.
The National Conference also said that in order to remain in power, the government has ‘mislead’ the people telling the Supreme Court that Major Aditya, the accused in the Shopian Civilain Murder case case, has not been named in the FIR. However, the copies of the FIR clearly show the officer as an accused.
“This shameless surrender and silence come in the aftermath of the State Government’s surrender on the earlier issue of the killing of the youth in Shopian on an earlier instance. The State Government in its status-report filed in the Hon’ble Supreme Court has said the name of Major Aditya doesn’t figure in the FIR. Copies of the FIR available locally and visible of social media clearly show Major Aditya’s name mentioned in the FIR. So has the State Government misled the Supreme Court or have they fudged the FIR, in that case, to save its skin and remain in power?.”
“Mehbooba Mufti on the floor of the Legislative Assembly assured the people that she would take that case to a ‘logical conclusion’? What ‘logical conclusion’ is this? Why is the State Government’s stand being represented in such a shoddy, half-baked and half-hearted manner in the Supreme Court despite the dramatic rhetoric of the Chief Minister in the Assembly? It seems like our State Government and Chief Minister are taking their dictations from either the BJP directly or a couple of aggressive, jingoist news channels”, the NC State Spokesperson added in the statement.
“It is incumbent upon the Chief Minister to clarify why she hasn’t taken any action in the killings of these civilians.which she has herself admitted and what her course of action on this and the previous Shopian FIR,” NC added.