Omar Abdullah chose army over his people: Kunan-Poshpora residents

IQBAL KIRMANI
Srinagar: Terming Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the Law Minister Mir Saifullah as their ‘enemies’ residents of twin villages of Kunan-Poshpora while holding a protest demonstration Thursday said that the present government has chosen Army over its people.
“Through their conduct the CM and the Law Minister have proved that they are on the side of the Indian army and that they have chosen to be our enemies,” read the press statement issued by the Kunan-Poshpora village committee after they held protest here against government’s ill attitude towards the justice delivery in favour of the victims of the mass rape tragedy.
Accusing government of shielding perpetrators of the crime they said, “Despite the passage of 23 years, government and all its representatives continue to protect the Indian army for its crimes in Kunan-Poshpora,” they said.
“The reality is that the government has, as always, chosen to side with the perpetrators of the crime – the Indian army. For more than a year virtually no investigations in the case has been carried out. The government has no interest in providing relief and justice to the survivors of Kunan-Posphora,” read the statement issued to the press.
Accusing government of securing its own interest by delaying and denying the justice to the victims of the twin villages the statement said, “They are willing to sacrifice the rights of the survivors of the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape and torture.”
On July 1, 2014, the High Court division bench recognised the state’s responsibility for the crimes committed in Kunan-Poshpora and ordered the government to explore the possibilities of payment of compensation, and sought a status report on the investigations carried out thus far.
“The government chose to spend the last three weeks to file a review petition against this order, and submitted that no compensation could be given, and that investigations in the case were continuing properly,” read the statement issued here.
According to the press statement the presence of the victims and their families in the court on July 24, was a message to the perpetrators, their protectors and facilitators that “the people of Kunan-Poshpora will not forget and will not forgive,” it said.