Jammu: Intense checking and “harassment” to people of Kashmir in run up to January 26 was raised in Legislative Assembly on Tuesday as opposition parties slammed the government for the “breaking public movement” in the Valley.
The National Conference (NC) legislators lambasted the PDP-BJP government for what they termed “turning Kashmir valley into Jail-Khana”.
After the lower house of state legislature resumed business this morning, NC legislators stood from their seats and asked government to explain as to why people were being harassed on the pretext of security ahead of January 26.
“Entire Kashmir valley has been turned into a jail,” senior NC legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar told the House. “People are being harassed, continuously frisked; no one allowed to move and people are being arrested,” Sagar said.
He was referring to the heightened in Srinagar and outskirts.
The government forces have established mobile bunkers and are carrying random searches of vehicles and commuters in the Valley.
Sagar also rued the treatment meted out to students in Srinagar on Monday. “Government showed no mercy to students who were ruthlessly beaten in Srinagar yesterday for no fault of theirs,” he told the house.
The NC members raised slogans “Naalayak sarkar – hai hai; PDP-BJP – hai hai”.
The NC MLAs walked towards the well but Parliamentary Affairs minister, Abdul Rehman Veeri, asked them to take their seats.
NC’s Mubarak Gul sought a statement from the chief minister. “Why is she silent,” he asked.
“If you have any issue, please take your seats and raise the issue,” Veeri told the members. However, routine business resumed and no one responded to the concern raised by the NC.
“You are not even listening to genuine concern,” Sagar told the treasury benches and NC walked-out from the house.