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Killing of civilians in J&K: PDP demands resignation of LG Manoj Sinha, says situation is worrying

By PTI

Srinagar: The PDP on Friday demanded the resignation of Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, saying the administration has “failed” to provide a sense of security to the people.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief spokesperson Suhail Bukhari said at a press conference here that the situation in the union territory is worrying and these incidents have exposed the “false” story of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Several civilian killings have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir over the past few days, with the latest being on Thursday, when principal Supinder Kaur and teacher Deepak Chand were shot dead inside a government school in the city.

On Tuesday, Pandit Makhan Lal Bindu, a prominent Kashmiri, and Virendra Paswan, a vendor from Bihar, were killed by terrorists in Srinagar and Mohammad Shafi Lone, a civilian, in Bandipora.

Terrorists on Saturday shot dead Majid Ahmed Gojri in Srinagar and Mohammad Shafi Dar in Batamaloo.

One thing is clear from the incidents that have happened in the last few days that the situation is going from bad to worse.

The people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Valley, do not feel safe.”

“We have strongly condemned these incidents, they are anti-humanity and anti-Kashmiriyat,” he said.

Bukhari also said that the overall situation in Kashmir is “worrisome” and the then government is responsible for it.

“So, for its (administration’s) failures, for not being able to protect the people, for the deteriorating situation and for working against the people, the PDP demands that Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to continue There is no moral right and he should resign. He has failed in his job of providing security and development.”

The chief spokesperson of the PDP said the situation demands that questions be asked to the government.

Bukhari said, “It has been two years now since the unconstitutional and illegal decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory is under the direct control of the Union Home Ministry. Today’s situation will give you an account of their performance in these two years. tells about it.” .

In 2019, the Center revoked the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“The question arises as to who will take the responsibility for the bloodshed in the streets and alleys of Kashmir. Who is accountable for this? What are the security apparatus and intelligence agencies doing? What is today’s government doing? The responsibility is clearly that. Time is on the government and hence the need is to make them accountable.”

Claiming that the situation a few years ago is not the same as it is today, Bukhari said that since the government’s control is from Delhi, the situation is “worsening”.

There is no sense of security, be it in the minority community or the majority community. They used to say that Article 370 is the biggest obstacle in achieving peace here and hence it had to be removed. They used to say that the political parties here were a hindrance and they were sidelined. He should be asked today who is responsible for the worsening of the situation.”

The PDP leader said such incidents have “exposed a false narrative” about the normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir or the end of militancy or that everything is under control.

The PDP leader said that the story was fabricated and the governments here and in Delhi lied to the entire country.

Appealing to the people to unite and fight the situation together, Bukhari said that these incidents are being done to target the communal harmony and brotherhood in Kashmir.

Later, PDP workers protested from the party headquarters near Sher-e-Kashmir Park and tried to march towards the city center Lal Chowk here.

However, the police foiled his move and did not allow him to proceed towards Lal Chowk.

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