J&K govt was caught napping: Mayawati

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 14:38 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 12 (IBNS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Mayawati on Monday said the Jammu and Kashmir government was caught taking a nap during the violence at Kishtwar town.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Mayawati said: "The Jammu and Kashmir government was caught napping since Friday. It is only this morning that the judicial probe was ordered."

"The violence in Kishtwar targeted a community. Many have been injured, some killed. Our Kishtwar district president´s son was killed. As many as 17 shots were fired at that boy, according to reports I have received."

"The Home Minister (Sushilkumar Shinde) was there in Kishtwar on the day this incident happened. He could have brought the situation under control, but that was not done," said the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

She said the Centre should intervene in the matter and not remain silent.

"If an FIR is not lodged, the Centre should dismiss the state government and impose President´s Rule," she said.

"We were thinking the state and Centre would be alert in J&K and would take care of the law and order situation and the borders too," she said.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the state government will be ordering a judicial inquiry into Friday´s violence in Kishtwar.

"In order to establish the truth behind the Kishtwar violence & what followed the State Govt has decided to order a Judicial inquiry," tweeted Abdullah.

"The inquiry will be held by a Retired High Court judge in a time bound manner to establish the facts & share them publicly," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Meanwhile, all National Highways leading to Jammu were closed down on Monday and curfew was extended to seven more districts in the state.

According to reports, mobile and internet services were halted on Monday. Schools and colleges remained closed across the valley.

"The situation is under control and patrolling will continue till the situation gets better. This is to protect people. No untoward incident was reported on Sunday night. If the situation gets under control we can think of giving relief in curfew to people," DIG Shakeel Begh told CNN-IBN.

Curfew was clamped in five more districts in Jammu region on Sunday as the state remained tense following the Kishtwar violence.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah flew to Jammu and reviewed the situation, directing stern action against troublemakers even as Kishtwar remained curfew bound after Friday´s communal clashes.

The state government suspended the annual Amarnath Yatra from Jammu as a precautionary measure.

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