AMIT KUMAR, Jammu, Feb 10: The first day of the state legislative assembly Monday witnessed noisy scenes with the opposition parties demanding the reopening of Pathribal fake encounter case, arrest of tainted ex-minister Shabir Ahmad Khan, besides seeking probe into the allegations of misconduct against the Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand.
Reports reaching GNS said that the Mehbooba Mufti, President, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in the state assembly, PDF chairman Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen and CPI (M) State Secretary, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami cornered the Omar Abdullah led coalition government in the house as soon as the session started this morning. The opposition leaders, who were holding placards, also forced the Governor to cut short his address by half an hour by lashing out at the state government. While the Governor was scheduled to address for 45 minutes, he concluded his inaugural speech in 15 minutes.
The protesting legislators demanded the reopening of the Pathribal fake encounter case that was closed by army last month exonerating its officials. The legislators said that judicial inquiry should be held so that the families of the victims get justice.
The opposition parties also demanded the arrest of former Health Minister, Shabir Ahmad Khan, who is on large, after a lady doctor accused him of molestation. The BJP also joined the chorus asking government to go tough against the tainted ex-minister.
“The legislators accused police of shielding Khan at the behest of government. PDP President Mehbooba Mufti accused the government of shielding the former Health Minister. The leaders said that by delaying Khan’s arrest, ample opportunity was being given to the accused to destroy the evidence,” reports said.
The opposition legislators including Balwant Singh Mankotia, Harsh Dev Singh ,Yashpal Kundal, and Er Rashid also demanded probe into the allegations levelled by Kewal Sharma former Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand.
“The creation of new administrative units was a conspiracy to change the demography of the State”, President Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) Er Rashid alleged.