Disarm, Punish VDC’s Involved in Abduction, Rape: Geelani

SRINAGAR: Expressing shock over abduction and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by Village Defense Committee (VDC) members of Kishtwar, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani today demanded immediate disarmament and dissolution of VDCs and severe punishment for those involved in the heinous crime.

“The aim of these committees is nothing other than to suppress Muslim community in Jammu and put them at the mercy of communal elements,” Geelani said in a statement.

Geelani said they (VDC’s) have made life pitiable for Muslim population and act as dacoits of Chambal Ghati. “They, on one pretext or the other, demand ransom and are involved in rape cases. They in fact are the subsidiary forces for RSS and Sanghparivar,” Geelani said adding that instead of obeying the so called administration, they function on the directives of communal elements.

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