PAGD demands judicial inquiry, says magisterial probe unacceptable as govt can’t act as ‘judge, jury & executioner’ | India News

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SRINAGAR: The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) demanded on Thursday a “judicial inquiry” into the killing of civilians in the controversial “encounter” at Hyderpora. It said the magisterial inquiry ordered was unacceptable because “it is the same administration which killed and it cannot act as judge, jury and executioner”.
The PAGD, while demanding that the two civilians’ bodies be returned to their families for burial, said, “This is a constitutional right and not a favour.”
“We reject the magisterial inquiry… We demand a credible inquiry, and to our belief it can only be a judicial inquiry. Those who are responsible should be brought to book. This is our demand,” PAGD spokesperson Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said after an alliance meeting at the residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah here.
Mehboobaji (PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti) could not come because she was placed under house arrest, which is unfortunate and condemnable,” Tarigami, who is a leader of the CPM, said.
“We have demanded in our separate statements that there should be a halt to such destructive incidents. This is not only our concern but of every citizen. The local citizen cannot feel secure in such a situation and there is continuous breach of law by law enforcers, which is unacceptable,” he said, adding, “We can have differences of opinion on the political front, but whatever is happening, and in particular this grave tragedy, it remains the important issue for all of us (sic).”
The PAGD demanded a judicial inquiry in a time-bound manner. “Those who have been killed cannot be brought back but their families and kin should get justice,” he said, adding, “We want to ask questions of the government of India. Is killing innocent civilians necessary for national security, have we come to such a pass? This is our question,” Tarigami said.
Tarigami said a letter was being sent to the President of India and that the alliance was demanding “a credible inquiry”.
The PAGD said if its demand was not met, then “our parliamentarians, such as Farooq Sahib, Masoodi Sahib, and Mohammad Akhbar Lone will meet the President. They will take other opposition leaders into confidence and inform the President about the situation in Kashmir”.
“I want to tell that the government to stop, stop this,” he said, adding, “This is a historical fact that when the glass is filled to capacity, water overflows, and the same is the case with patience. Don’t construe patience as silence. You are not gauging things in the right perspective. Irrespective of differences on the political front, we are together and won’t allow Kashmir to turn into a graveyard. This is our belief and this is our appeal to the government to listen to this voice.”





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