Soz asks Omar to hold inquiry

However,the Chief Minister turned down Soz’s request to lead a five-member delegation of the Congress to violence-hit Kishtwar

Written by Maneesh Chhibber | Jammu | Published: August 12, 2013 1:55 am

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president Saifuddin Soz on Sunday asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to hold a “credible” inquiry into the recent incident in Kishtwar district in which two people lost their lives.

However,the Chief Minister turned down Soz’s request to lead a five-member delegation of the Congress to violence-hit Kishtwar. Omar is learnt to have told him that no political delegation is being allowed to go to Kishtwar as it could cause a law and order problem.

Sources said Soz was critical of the failure of the district administration to anticipate trouble and control the riots for over eight hours.

Soz is also learnt to have demanded a thorough probe into the role of the minister of state for home and the local MLA of Kishtwar,Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo. Kitchloo,it may be recalled,was present in Kishtwar town when the incident happened but failed to effectively take any effective steps to control the fighting against members of the minority community.

When asked about the meeting,Soz said,“I requested the Chief Minister to hold a credible and time-bound inquiry by an independent person so that responsibility can be fixed. I also requested him that the inquiry report as well as the action taken against whoever is responsible for allowing the incident should be made public.”

Meanwhile,sources in the Congress were also critical of the Chief Minister for having failed to provide a leadership role in the last two days to control the situation.

“It has been almost three days since the rioting happened but the chief minister is seen as acting only now. It has taken him two days to reach Jammu and he has still not found time to reach Kishtwar. The least that he could have done was hold an all-party meeting to smoothen tensions. However,that job was left to the deputy chief minister,Tara Chand,who held a meeting on August 9 evening but who failed to get any convincing response from leaders of various political parties,” the sources in the Congress said.

Meanwhile,there are indications that the government,wary over reports suggesting that another effort will be made to foment trouble in the Jammu region on August 14,Pakistan’s Independence Day,may decide to extend the curfew in all sensitive areas for some more time.

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