With Gandhi report in hand, J&K Govt must punish perpetrators of Kishtwar violence

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The Justice RC Gandhi report which probed the Kishtwar riots in minute details has indicted a former minister in the NC government, and senior police and civil officials for failing to contain the flare up which led to loss of precious lives, and damage to property worth crores of rupees. Former MoS Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo who was also the MLA of Kishtwar during the riots as well as a couple of Hurriyat leaders have also been alleged to have played a key role in spreading tension which led to the violence, said sources in know of the report.

It now remains to be seen how the present government acts upon the report as it has recommended harsh action against those who failed to prevent the situation from turning bad. It may be recalled that communal violence had erupted in Kishtwar two years back on the day of Eid. The Commission has also recommendation of FIRs against officials who failed to perform their duty. Although some police, and civil officials have also come for praise because they acted as per the call of the duty, the report said.

The report by Justice Gandhi also lays stress on developing better coordination between the police, army and civil administration so that incidents like these could be prevented in future. He has also recommended compensation of about Rs fifteen lakhs to those who died in riots as it happened in Muzzafarnagar. It has also recommended compensation to those who were injured during this incident.

The commission also observed that despite the availability of adequate police force, the officials failed to curb the violence, and allowed things to go from bad to worse. The commission also found several anomalies in the statements recorded by the former minister, and officials who were present in Kishtwar on the fateful day, and failed to perform their duty.

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With this report indicting several officials, it is now a test case for the PDP-BJP government to take appropriate action, and make people accountable without any favour to anyone. If justice is delivered in Kishtwar then people will also start having faith in the state, and the system.

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