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J&K govt wants arrest of all accused in ‘2013 Eid violence’

Sources said that Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Nabi Balwan held a meeting with Senior Superintendent of Police Sandeep Wazir to discuss the matter.

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The Jammu Kashmir government on Monday sought details of people and the status of cases registered against them in connection with incidents of killings, arson and looting during Eid clashes in Kishtwar district in 2013.

Sources said that Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Nabi Balwan held a meeting with Senior Superintendent of Police Sandeep Wazir to discuss the matter. He asked for apprehension of all the accused wanted by police in connection with killings during 2013 communal violence and who have been declared absconders by the court.

This followed publication of a story in The Indian Express issue date March 14, 2016 “Wanted for riot murder, J&K BJP leader surfaces at MoS, PMO, house“. Identified as Hari Krishan alias Kasooru of Paddar, the BJP leader had been delcared absconder by Munsiff Kishtwar on November 2, 2013 after police could not arrest him in connnection with the killing of one Lassa Khandey during communal violence in the district.

Kasooru along with some senior BJP leaders from the state including three sitting MLAs appeared not only made an appreance at the Delhi residence of Minister of State in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, but also posed for a photograph with him on Friday. Others seen rubbing shoulders with him in the photograph included Sunil Sharma, Dileep Parihar and Shakti Parihar, all sitting MLAs from Kishtwar, Bhaderwah and Doda respectively, besides Showkat Daing and Tariq Keen. While Sunil had been minister of state for Revenue and Roads & Buildings in previous Mufti Sayeed led coalition government, Daing and Keen had contested the 2014 assembly elections as BJP candidates in Banihal and Inderwal respectively, but lost.

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“The law will take its course,” said Kishtwar Senior Superintendent of Police, Sandeep Wazir, who assumed office in the hilly district only four months ago. “I have sought details about the status of cases and also the details of people involved from the investigating officer and also the Senior Public Prosecutor,” he said.

Three people were killed and 80 others injured, while property worth crores was razed to ashes during communal violence on Eid in Kishtwar during 2013. Then then Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo, who also happened to be local MLA from the district, resigned from office to pave way for a judicial enquiry into the matter. The then Omar Abdullah government appointed Justice R C Gandhi, a retired High Court judge, as one man inquiry commission who in his report indicted Kitchloo along with some civil and police officers in the matter.

While nearly half a dozen people have been arrested in connection with the killings, a large number of people have been declared absconders by the court, he said. Though police parties have been regularly visiting their native places from time to time, they appear to have moved out of the district, SSP said, adding that they will be forming teams to conduct raids at their suspected hideouts elsewhere the state and outside for their apprehension as per warrants issued by the court.

First published on: 14-03-2016 at 04:59:29 pm
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