Torture, murder of Jammu youth in other States goes un-addressed: Harsh

JAMMU, FEB 14: Accusing the State Government of adopting two different yardsticks in responding to victimization of youth in outside states who hailed from Jammu Pradesh and Kashmir valley respectively, JKNPP Chairman, Harsh Dev Singh today lambasted BJP Ministers and MLAs for their failure to protect lives and liberties of Dogra youth working outside the State. Accusing BJP partnered Govt of being ignorant to take cognizance of victims from Jammu region who were tortured, murdered or went missing in other parts of the country, Singh called upon mandated leaders of Jammu to explain their criminal silence over the issue in Assembly.
Pointing towards hostile disregard of Jammu youth, Harsh Dev Singh said that there was a continuous ruckus in the State Assembly over manhandling and assault on the two students hailing from Kashmir by a mob in Haryana, a couple of days ago. He said that the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti had personally taken up the matter with her Haryana counterpart M L Khattar, followed by the interaction between DGP Jammu and DGP Haryana. The former even confirmed that a case had been registered and a SIT had been set up under IGP Haryana to probe the incident, Harsh added. While hailing the prompt response from the State Government in addressing victimization of the said students in Haryana, Singh took a serious note of prejudiced and ignorant behaviour of the dispensation in initiating a similar probe into cases pertaining to Jammu youth, who were tortured, murdered or went missing in other States.
Referring to a blood- curdling incident of double murder of a father and a son in Punjab during November last year, Harsh Dev Singh divulged that Romesh Chander S/o Gangu Ram and Jeet Kumar S/o Ramesh Chander both residents of village Kirmoo, Ramnagar in district Udhampur, who went to Punjab to earn a livelihood, were brutally murdered in mysterious circumstances.
Highlighting further, Harsh Dev Singh revealed that one Pradeep Kumar S/o Mansa Ram a resident of village Sattian in Ramnagar went missing sometime back in New Delhi with his whereabouts still unknown. Similarly, two brothers namely Bansi Lal and Rajinder Kumar S/o Lattu Ram of village Wani, Assar in district Doda also went missing. He sought immediate CBI probe into double murder case besides initiation of Police investigations against all such missing cases on the analogy of prompt response shown by the State government in tackling the case of assault on Kashmiri students in Haryana. He further cautioned BJP to vociferously rake up the issue of Jammu youth victims in the Assembly or else get ready to face the wrath of Panthers in days to come.