Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister on Omar Abdullah on Monday reiterated his resolve of zero tolerance to human rights violations and said those involved in such practices would be punished. Referring to alleged civilian killings by security forces in Sopore and Surankote, Abdullah said in his Independence Day address: “We have taken prompt action and people involved in these incidents will be punished as per the law.
The facts will be placed before the people.” “I have promised you zero tolerance against rights violations and I am firm on this commitment. I only request you to give me suitable time to unearth such allegations whenever they surface,” the chief minister said. Abdullah said gun has never been an answer to any problem . “We have to work for sustained dialogue to resolve internal and external issues politically,” he said hoping the interlocutors would soon present their report to New Delhi.
“Prime minister and home minister have assured me that the recommendations of interlocutors would be given due weightage to seek the solution of the political issues between the state and the Centre,” he added. Abdullah unfurled the National Flag and took salute at the Independence Day function at the heavily guarded Bakshi Stadium here. A threetier security was put in place in and around the parade venue . Mobile phones across the Kashmir Valley fell silent on Monday as service providers switched off the facility following instructions from the security agencies.
The cell phones have been used in the past by the guerrillas to trigger remote controlled explosive devices in the state to stoke trouble on occasions like Independence or Republic days. Though there were no specific inputs for any militant assault, police had made effective deployments on Monday. Even those carrying the invitation cards were frisked before entering into the stadium. For the first time the CCTVs were deployed in the stadium as well.
While the sharp shooters had occupied a high rise building near the stadium, security men were monitoring individuals using binoculars. Separatists had asked for observing the I-Day as black day. Police officials said they had apprehension that the stone pelting might break out in some of the old city localities which is why they imposed severe restrictions on the movement. Abdullah also talked about the menace of drug abuse among the youth.
“Transcending all political and other barriers, all social, political and religious leaders should join hands to work for eradication of the menace of drug use by our youth otherwise it would lead us to the disaster.”ET