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Opp stages walkout from J&K assembly over civilian killings

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Opposition parties today staged a walkout from Assembly amid noisy scenes over the state government's "failure" in stopping civilian killings.

Soon after took his seat, the opposition members rose on their feet and started shouting slogans against the PDP-coalition for its alleged failure to stop innocent killings, and shortly trooped into the well of the House.

Members of (NC), and CPI(M) expressed anger over the death of a 20-year-old man allegedly in firing by security forces following the killing of a militant in Khudwani area of district yesterday.

had yesterday expressed deep anguish over the killing of of Redwani Payeen and directed the district administration to conduct a probe to know the reasons of the killing.

Accordingly, Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Talat Parvez has appointed Additional District Development Commissioner, as the to ascertain the facts in the case, and submit a report within two weeks.

After raising slogans of 'Stop Innocent Killings' and 'Stop Human Rights Violations' for nearly half-an-hour, the entire opposition staged a walkout despite repeated assurances by the that the had already ordered a probe into the incident.

"Innocent killings are continuing unabated in A youth was killed yesterday in How long will we continue to carry the coffins of our youths?" CPI(M) M Y told reporters outside the House.

He said the opposition wanted the to allow a discussion on the prevailing situation in the state.

"We want a discussion on the issue and know the policy of the government for stopping innocent killings. Let the chief minister state the position of the government in this matter. If the innocent killings continue, what is the fun of our sitting in the legislative assembly?" the Left asked.

said, "This government has no answer to the queries of the opposition as it had failed on all fronts".

said, "is on fire, Jammu smoldering and Ladakh weeping".

Referring to the alleged use of force against protesting employees here yesterday, Rana said "It is unfortunate that the government is using batons in Jammu and bullets in Kashmir, and has no other alternatives".

Legislature party said killing of innocent youths in Kashmir was not the only issue. He said use of "brute force" against protesters was another point of discussion.

Ravinder Raina, however, defended the government and said the opposition was indulged in a "propaganda" to defame the ruling coalition.

"If someone comes with a gun, grenade or any other weapon to kill innocent persons...if some terrorists come from other side of the border and attack the civilians, our forces won't behave like mute spectators," he told reporters.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 13:35 IST