National Conference on Thursday lashed out at the PDP-BJP Government for its 'attempts' to prevent essential food commodities from reaching parts of Srinagar and also condemned the curbs announced on distribution of fuel to petrol pumps.
"As if the wanton killing and maiming of our youth was not enough to satiate her appetite for tyranny, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is now supervising a systemic, well-planned policy of an embargo on essential commodities and rations to persecute the people into submission," NC State spokesperson Junaid Mattu said in a statement today.
"The curb on distribution of fuel is outrageous and will pose enormous difficulties to Hajjis, patients and attendants as well as doctors who have to reach hospitals. That the Chief Minister has chosen to do something as atrocious as this after over a month of curfew is condemnable. If she wants to torture people into submission, she is grossly mistaken. Mass repression against civilians will worsen the situation and comes with the enormous risk of a public revolt that goes beyond the scope of the traditional operational containment – which is the only policy of this Government as well as the Central Government," the NC spokesperson said.
"We are shocked at the ghastly murder of a young lecturer in Khrew, Pampore last night. This narrative of arrogance and ignorance from the Centre and State Government, coupled with an increased sense of impunity, has emboldened the brutality against civilians to an extent where a young lecturer has been beaten to death. Cases like these in the last few days, including the barbaric point-blank shooting of an ATM guard at Chattabal, followed by the targeted killing of a youth in Batamaloo have failed to awaken the conscience of our Chief Minister and her allies," the NC spokesperson said.
He also condemned the harassment of Amnesty International staff after an event held in Bangalore.
He also expressed serious concern over the safety of Kashmiri students studying outside the State and said the Chief Minister was duty-bound to take all possible measures to ensure their well-being.
"Mehbooba Mufti should call all Chief Ministers and also exert pressure on her allies in New Delhi to ensure no Kashmiri student is harassed. Her failure to call the Chattisgarh Chief Minister in time over the case of a young Kashmiri professional in Chattisgarh booked in a case of sedition over a Facebook post has emboldened fascist fringe groups and communal organizations across the country," the NC spokesperson added.