SC to hear plea for guv rule in J&K next week

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear next week the plea by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party seeking imposition of Governor’s rule in the state on the ground of paralysis of administration.
The bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur agreed to hear the plea next week on a mentioning by senior counsel Bhim Singh.
Singh, who heads the Panthers Party, told the court that for the last fortnight the state is under siege, no public institutions are working, and there is dearth of essential commodities in Valley.
Government forces have killed at least 50 civilians while over 2200 people have been wounded in last two weeks.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called an all-party meet to discuss the situation in Valley and asked New Delhi to ensure engagement of all stakeholders for carrying forward the peace and reconciliation process in the state.
The issue also came up for discussion in both Houses of Parliament following which Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government forces will exercise restraint when it comes to civilians but there is no change in ground situation.
The Home Minister also announced to set-up a committee that will look into other non-lethal weapons as the use of pellets by government forces had caused serious and in some cases permanent injuries to civilians.  Mehbooba told the all-party that 171 persons have suffered injuries in eyes alone.