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Kichloo acquitted of charges in Kishtwar riots

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He is being inducted as Minister in Omar Cabinet today

National Conference (NC) MLA Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, who resigned as Minister of State for Home in face of accusations of partisan role, has been found ‘not guilty’ by Justice R.C. Gandhi Commission of Enquiry in the communal riots of August 9 in Kishtwar. He is being inducted in the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s Council of Ministers on Saturday.

Highly placed government sources  told The Hindu that Secretary to the Commission submitted an interim report to the State government through the Secretary GAD on Thursday night. On Wednesday, the NC's Core Group recommended Mr. Kichloo's induction as Minister and requested Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to obtain an interim report from the Gandhi Commission if the part of enquiry about the MLA had been completed.

 Even as the document was described to be ‘folded in secrecy,’ the sources said that Mr. Kichloo was acquitted of all the charges of ‘partisan role’ and ‘dereliction of duty as a Minister.’ Mr. Kichloo told The Hindu on Friday that he was being re-inducted as MoS in-charge of Home and Industries . on Saturday. “I have been asked to return for the oath-taking tomorrow,” he said.

None of the nearly 350 affidavits filed before the Commission during the course of investigation mentioned Mr. Kichloo as an accused, said an official source. “Almost all the charges levelled against Mr. Kichloo during the month of August have been found as baseless and politically motivated”, he said. “However, some officers including then Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, besides the incumbent Deputy Inspector General of Police Ashkoor Wani, have been found guilty on different counts, including mishandling of situation and dereliction of duty”, the source added.

The Commission criticised the police for not filing FIR on Mr. Kichloo’s request against the rioters who allegedly attacked him and other government functionaries at Dak Bungalow of Kishtwar during the communal clashes. Two persons, one Muslim another Hindu, died and over two dozen people sustained injuries in the six-hour-long clashes on occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr congregational prayers at the district headquarters.

" Majhab nahi sikhata aapas mein Bair rakhna". I am not sure when will we learn this. A country where 2.1 million childrens die every year because of malnutrition. A country which tops the chart in corruption. Do you really think that we should fight for religion. Following any religion is purely individuals choice and one should not be discriminated based on religion he follows. Jago mere Desh Nashiyon

from:  Afsar Zaman
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 15:07 IST

Compliments to the reporter. While the media want to show a one sided
pic, the author here has tried to strike a balance by bringing some of
the facts to fore. Besides 3 lives and property worth crores, the
biggest victim of the incident is truth and communal brotherhood. Hope
peace prevails

from:  kisthwari
Posted on: Aug 14, 2013 at 23:13 IST

Their is actually a need of hardliners who can tackle the situation in a robust manner. Its really dissapointing to find that even the Police is not ready to help the victims who are nowhere involved in the riots. Its high time. Police is not doing what it is supposed to do. Authorities are continuously neglecting the seriousness of the matter. Gone are the days to wait for something to happen. We are the ones who need to jump into the feilds ourselves now in sake of integrity of the nation.

from:  Aditi Mishra
Posted on: Aug 14, 2013 at 16:30 IST

We are going to celebrate our 67th independence day within a couple of days and communal violence which engulfed several lives in 1947 is now in display again. Local administration should have shown its pro-activeness by calling in the army as early as it could. The fate of kashmir seems to be in the hands of lord, sectarianism is eating away this state for so many decades.

from:  Gaurav Pruthi
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013 at 09:31 IST

The Majority population in Kishtwar has a responsibility to bring hope
back into the minorities that they have every right to share the land
and resources. After the previous ethnic cleansing of Pandits from the
Valley this could have stood as a good lesson in amity, but burning of
shops has reinforced that old enemeties die hard.

from:  Aditya
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013 at 04:47 IST
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