Anantnag: Senior Congress leader and former J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Wednesday that any officer, policeman or security forces’ personnel involved in the killing of a civilian – who is not a militant – should not be spared.
“While we should encourage the army, the police and the security forces to fight against militants, care should be taken that no civilian is killed just for the Inam (reward),” Azad said.
He added that any officer, policeman or security forces’ personnel found guilty of such a crime should not be spared.
Azad was talking to media persons following a Congress workers’ convention at Dak Bungalow Anantnag.
While praising the army and other security forces for their fight against militancy, Azad said that civilians have also given supreme sacrifices for the unity and integrity of the nation.
“During my tenure as the chief minister I proved that there was a fake encounter and one SP, a DySp, and 11 other police officials – all from the state – are languishing in jail since the last 11 years now,” Azad said.
The Congress workers’ convention was held soon after Ghulam Ahmad Mir filed his nomination papers for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat which is scheduled to go to polls in three phases, starting April 23.
Azad told reporters that the upcoming general elections should be linked with the fate of democracy. “I have been saying this time and again. These elections should not be linked with the fate of the Congress party but they should be linked with the fate of democracy and the fate of the people,” Azad said.
At the convention, senior party leaders including Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Saifuddin Soz and Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed were present.