NC Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday accused the PDP-BJP coalition of using Village Defence Committees as political militia to silence dissent and creating an atmosphere of insecurity to further its sinister political agenda.
Interacting with the mourners at the residence of its slain Youth National Conference President Kalakote, Choudhry Ishtiyaq in Kesar Gala Village, Rajouri this afternoon, Rana said the coalition government is showing "worst type of political intolerance by gauging the voice of dissent."
The visiting leaders were informed by the local Youth National Conference activists that Ishtiyaq Choudhry had publicly expressed apprehensions about threat to his life on November 24 at Sunderbani during a function held to welcome youngsters in the party.
They said that some powerful political entities were feeling threatened of his "growing popularity" as during a short span of his political career he had endeared himself with the people.
They also described Choudhry as a public spirited leader who never tolerated injustice and exploitation.
The Provincial President reiterated the demand for time-bound judicial inquiry into the killing of the youth leader by a sitting High Court Judge and said that truth must come out as such incidents have very serious ramifications for the political discourse across the state.
The National Conference, he said, cannot be coerced by such machinations, as it "braved numerous challenges and offered valuable sacrifices to keep the flag of democracy aloft."
Rana conveyed condolences on behalf of the President National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah and Working President Omar Abdullah to the bereaved family saying the entire cadre was with them at this hour of grief.
He said the party leadership and workers were anguished over the dastardly act that has unfolded the gruesome face of anti-democratic forces.
The Provincial President was accompanied by Deputy Speaker Legislative Assembly NazirGurezi besides State Vice President Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, State Secretary ThRachpal Singh, Dr Bashir Ahmed Veeri, MLC, Provincial Youth National Conference President Ajaz Jan and District President NC RambanSajjadShaheen.
Expressing shock over the murder, NazirGurezi said that no amount of compensation can be a substitute to the young life, who had made a niche for himself by espousing the cause of poor people of the area.
Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari described the killing as a barbarous act and sought severe punishment to the murderer.
He said the circumstances leading to the killing of a young leader, whose fault was just to raise his voice against irrational distribution of ration among poor, and exposure of those behind the heinous crime.
Among others present on the occasion were former legislator Muhammad Aslam Khan, BushanUppal, Manzoor Malik, Lokesh Sharma, Yashuvardhan Singh, Buti Ram Abrol, Jeetendra Singh Chib, MuhammedRafiq Mir and BansiLal Sharma.