Shooting unarmed protesters unacceptable: Chief Minister
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, July 18: Stressing that firing on unarmed protesters was unacceptable, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the persons killed in BSF firing in Ramban.
Immediately after the incident, the Chief Minister spoke with the Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, who ordered a probe into the incident and assured that any use of excessive force or irresponsible action will be dealt with strictly.
The State Government has also ordered a magisterial inquiry to determine the exact sequence of events and on the instruction of the Chief Minister a high level team is camping at the spot which include Minister of State for Revenue and Relief Ajaz Ahmed Khan, Minister for State for Home Sajad Ahmed Kichloo, DGP, Divisional Commissioner Jammu and IGP Jammu.
Condemning this incident, the Chief Minister in a statement said, “It is unfortunate that in spite of costly lessons learnt in 2008 and 2010, some amongst us are determined to repeat past mistakes and use force against unarmed protesters. Such incidents risk throwing the entire peaceful atmosphere in jeopardy.”
“It is highly unacceptable to shoot at unarmed protesters just because they were reportedly protesting manhandling of an Imam of their area,” said Omar adding, “There is no justification or rationalization of this deplorable act. This shocking act warrants and demands the severest of condemnation in the strongest possible terms,” said Omar.
“Justice will be done and those involved in the ghastly incident will be brought to book,” said Omar.
While appealing the people to maintain communal harmony and urging them not to be carried away by emotions, the Chief Minister said that many amongst us wait for such incidents to occur in order to exploit such situations. He said that he understands the anguish and pain as he feels the same and assured that government will ensure speedy justice. He prayed to God to give the bereaved families strength to bear with this irreparable loss.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST
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