Pro-India parties demand stern action against culprits

  • Shocking reminder of intolerance: Farooq Abdullah
  • Testing times for state: Dy CM
  • Open your eyes and see what the hell is happening in India, MLA Rashid to Modi


SRINAGAR: The pro-India politicians on Sunday expressed grief over the demise of Zahid, one of the two truckers who were attacked by goons in Udhmapur on October 9.
Opposition National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah termed it as a “shocking reminder of intolerance and frenzy”. “There was no room in the civilised society for those who believe in violence”.
He expressed shock and grief over the ‘unfortunate’ death of Zahid, the victim of the attack, and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
“In a civilised society there is no room for those who believe in violence,” Abdullah said in a statement here today.
Describing the attack on the truck as a shocking reminder of intolerance and frenzy perpetrated by elements inimical to peace and tranquillity, the former Chief Minister said the culprits should be identified, arrested and given heinous punishment as per law.
“The culprits should be identified, arrested and given heinous punishment as per the law so that it serves deterrent for law breakers,” he said.
Abdullah accused the BJP of “encouraging jingoism and castigated the coalition government in the State in failing to deal with the situation”.
Deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh said the perpetrators should not be spared.
“In future we (must) ensure that no such incident occurs” as he appealed for peace and communal harmony in the state in “these testing times”.
He cautioned the people of the state against falling prey to the anti-national elements who would try to take advantage of the situation and flayed the strike call given by separatist leadership in the backdrop of the death of the truck conductor Zahid.
“Everyone in the country and the state of Jammu and Kashmir is shocked and sad over the death of Zahid who passed away in a hospital in Delhi today,” Singh told reporters here.
Zahid was among two persons injured in the attack.
Expressing his condolences to the bereaved family, the BJP leader said the perpetrators of the crime should not be spared.
“This type of action is condemnable and action should be taken against the people who are responsible for such attack,” he said.
MLA Engineer Abdul Rashid asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi “to open his eyes” to the “radical forces”, who he said were proving a serious threat to the humanity.
He appealed to civil society and “conscience loving” people to rise to the occasion and sideline the radical fascist forces who are proving a serious threat to humanity.
Rashid asked the Prime Minister “to open his eyes and see what the hell is going on all around”.
The MLA also sought compensation on Dadri pattern for the slain conductor, saying there was complete resemblance in both the incidents.
State unit of CPI(M) expressed grief over Zahid’s death and said the government should take the incident as a “wake-up call” and bring the culprits to justice.
“The incident must act as an eye opener for the present dispensation that is yet to act against the forces that are hell bent to fragment the society on communal lines,” CPI(M) leader and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami said in a statement.
—With inputs from PTI