Cabinet condemns firing, sanctions relief


Srinagar, July 19: Strongly condemning the firing by Border Security Force personnel on unarmed protesters in Ramban district on Thursday, in which four civilians were killed, the State Cabinet Friday sanctioned Rs five lakh and a job each as compensation to the next of kin of the victims.
Sources said the Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here at the Civil Secretariat this morning expressed serious concern over the incident which took place in Dharam Gool area in Jammu's Ramban district on Thursday afternoon.
“The Cabinet condemned the excessive use of force in Gool area of district Ramban and extended condolences to the bereaved families and sympathies with those injured in the firing incident,” read an official handout. “Cabinet approved extraordinary ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the firing incident and it further ordered that Government job will be provided to a family member of those killed in the incident.”
Four persons, including a government lecturer and an Imam, were killed and around 42 others injured when BSF men resorted to indiscriminate firing on a protest demonstration in Dharam.
People were demonstrating after some BSF men had allegedly barged into a village madrassa on Wednesday evening and rouged up a local cleric and “desecrated copies of religious books”.
“The incident was condemned by every cabinet member including the Chief Minister in strong words. Such acts can in no way be justified and they only add to deteriorate the situation,” said a senior cabinet minister.
On Thursday Omar while terming the killings as unacceptable said justice would be done and those involved in the incident would be brought to book.
“It is highly unacceptable to shoot at unarmed protesters just because they were reportedly protesting manhandling of an Imam of their area,” Omar had said. “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.”
While the Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday ordered a probe into the incident the state government also ordered a magisterial enquiry into it.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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