Ratanpuri denounces police role

‘Youth Brutalized By Excesses’


Srinagar, Jan 2: Denouncing the role of police in Pulwama firing incident, National Conference leader and Member Parliament (MP) Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri has welcomed the initiative of Defence Minister A K Anthony and has demanded sever punishment to the guilty. In a statement issued Wednesday, Ratanpuri said that concern for human rights shouldn’t be selective and government of India (GOI) should be equally sensitive to human rights violations in any part of the country and ensure justice to all communities and sections of society however small a minority they may be or however weak their voice may be. “A message should go that human life is as precious at Pulwama as it is at India Gate,” said Ratanpuri.
He denounced the role of district police, before and after the firing incident. “If Army firing in Pulwama town was really aimed at clearing the way for their ambulance, it could have been averted by ensuring safe passage for the approaching ambulance in advance, in market, where traffic jams are a routine,” MP said and demanded that the security personnel responsible for excesses, damage to the property of shopkeepers and residential commercial buildings in Pulwama, in the aftermath of firing should be punished.
Ratanpuri said that Pulwama youth have been brutalized by the excesses of last two decades and excessive use of force continues. “The tormentors, criminals who instigate the innocent and gullible young boys to violence face no action as they are reported to be “police assets” while the tormented boys face persecution,” he said and demanded that cases against young students, as announced by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should be withdrawn without further delay.
The MP said that like any other resident of the district, he is curious to know why and for what outstanding performance Superintendent of Police Pulwama is showered with awards and rewards. “Corruption in police has flourished. Drug, timber, land mafias are more powerful than ever and for every action against these mafia a hundred criminal activities of theirs are ignored,” he said.
Ratanpuri lamented that his repeated representations for early construction of Pulwama circular road to solve the problem of traffic jams in town, have not yielded the desired results. “Pulwama continues to get lowest per capita plan allocation, perhaps lower than any of the remaining districts of J&K and it does not specifically figure in any of the achievements of the government, appearing in the newspapers today,” he said and added that 228 decisions in 35 Cabinet meetings and Pulwama nowhere. Many water supply schemes inaugurated but, WSS for Pulwama in limbo for the lat six years, alleged MP. “Many receiving stations and Grid stations inaugurated but, Pulwama continues to have the lowest ratio in installed distribution capacity to agreement load. Not a single penny has been spent under CRF for the last 65 years in Pulwama while hundreds of crores have been spent elsewhere. “Why not a single project worth mention in the list of achievements of the government has been taken up in Pulwama,” the MP asked in his statement. He regretted that decisions taken nearly three years ago in the DDB meeting, with the Chief Minister in chair, are yet to be implemented.
He said that the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in his first mammoth public meeting in Pulwama chose to discuss not Pulwama but, Machil and asked us to be thankful for having black topped roads while Machil had none.” Machil, the MP said, was comparable to Leh fifty years ago, while Leh according to some has turned into London, Pulwama is asked to be thankful for not having turned into Machil as yet. What could be more disappointing, the MP asked.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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