Use of force shows PDP’s growing vengeance against people: NC

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Srinagar: Opposition National Conference today said the use of force in Jamia Masjid and Kashmir University was indicative of the ruling PDP’s growing vengeance against the people, who have rejected its alliance with the BJP.

“Such ruthlessly suppressive tendencies of the Mufti Sayeed government are indicative of PDP’s growing vengeance against the people of Kashmir who have unequivocally and unanimously condemned PDP’s post-election sell-out to the BJP,” National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said in a statement.

Mattu, while terming the tear smoke shelling inside Jamia Masjid premises as “unacceptable and shocking”, said the PDP’s pre-election ‘Battle of Ideas’ slogan had been brazenly transformed into a ‘Battle against Kashmiris’ policy.

“On one hand, the Mufti Sayeed government orders teargas shells to be lobbed inside the historic Jamia Masjid during Friday prayers and on the other hand female students are forcibly evicted from their hostels in the Kashmir University campus after days of protests there against the arrest of a student.

“Where is PDP’s touted ‘Battle of Ideas’ slogan today? While in opposition, PDP claimed a moral high-ground in its moralistic criticism of the previous government’s handling of much graver law-and-order situations. Where is Mehbooba Mufti today when her own party is crossing all limits in suppressing and attacking the people of Kashmir?” Mattu said.

The NC spokesman said his party strongly condemned the poor and insensitive handling of the situation that emerged on the Kashmir University campus following the arrest of a student on charges of affiliation with militancy, which are being strongly denied by the student fraternity.

“Stun grenades being used to disperse students on their own campus in the presence of University authorities is extremely tragic. The continued refusal of the Education Minister and the Chief Minister to step in to de-escalate this situation is perplexing. They are either too arrogant to care or have some vested interest in pushing our youth into a corner,” he added.

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