JAMMU, Mar 5: Enraged by the State Government decision of according premium to the anti-nationals and subversives in the Valley while disparaging the martyrs and nationalists, the activists of National Panther Party (NPP) spearheaded by former minister and party chairman Harsh Dev Singh staged a protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground here today.
The agitated protesters while raising anti-Government slogans, torched the effigy of the BJP to express their indignation against its dual faced character. They strongly condemned the stance of the Government.
While addressing the workers, Harsh Dev said that following the State Govt’s announcement of ex-gratia relief in favour of next of the kin of Burhan Wani’s brother Khalid Muzaffar Wani who was an OGW of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit operative in Kashmir besides compensation and Govt jobs to the NOKs of the deceased stone pelters including the injured, the sinister coalition had once again come under the scanner when it created special appointment avenue for the kin of Separatist leader during the unrest in the Valley.
He said that Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s grandson Anees-ul-Islam was accommodated as Research Officer in Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex (SKICC) with an annual salary of 12 lakh, notwithstanding the fact that Anees was also refused a passport by the State’s Regional Passport office on adverse reports from the J&K CID in 2009.
Accusing the BJP- PDP of conferring premiums to the militants and subversives, he rebuked the State Govt’s policy of appeasing those who had waged war against the State, abetted youth to torch schools, destroyed over 50 Police Stations and security camps, snatched weapons from armed forces and killed several security men.
Making a particular mention of the PhD’s, MPhils and double post graduates, contractual lecturers sitting on hunger strike for the last 19 days, Singh regretted that none from the Govt had bothered to even pay a visit to the protest venue while the BJP-PDP persisted with its policy of appeasement and doles for the anti-national elements.
Expressing serious concern over the humiliation of the martyrs in the State, Harsh Dev revealed that while the martyrs of other States were honoured and adequately paid the ex-gratia by the respective State Governments, the J&K Govt refused to pay compensation to the sons of the soil who laid down their lives for the nation.