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Kishtwar Violence: COI missed second deadline, Govt. has no clue how soon the inquiry would be done

In the wake of Kishtwar violence on August 9, 2013 Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had promised speedy justice and time bound inquiry to punish the real culprits responsible for the flare up of violence in which three civilians lost their lives and several others were injured.

To deliver justice the state govt, facing heat from several quarters had set up one man commission of inquiry on August 23 and the same was entrusted with the responsibility to submit the report to the state Home Department in the months times.

kishtwar clashAs state govt moved at snails pace the commission of Inquiry could not start their probe in the stipulated time and one month extension was granted to the commission of Inquiry with the rider to submit the report latest by October 22, 2013.

Now the commission of Inquiry has missed the second deadline but justice is no where in sight. Ironically, the commission of Inquiry, according to highly placed sources is yet to carry out the probe and had demanded more staff on its rolls to expedite the quantum of work.

In response to the notification issued by the chairman of the commission large number of civilians have filed their statements in the case and the same are yet to be verified and examined by the commission.

The demand raised by the commission for more staff members have been fulfilled at the fag end of the completion of second deadline. At present the state govt is left with no other option but to give another extension to the commission of Inquiry to allow it to complete the work.

According to inside report the commission till date has recorded statements of officials including then Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar and Superintendent of Police besides general public of Kishtwar and Paddar.

“The commission received over one hundred complaints from public but the same have not been evaluated and verified till date,” sources said.

The state govt had already deputed three more officers including a senior prosecuting  officer, a retired SSP and a law officer have been appointed to assist the commission.

But no one in the state govt  has any idea as to how much time the commission of Inquiry would finally take to prepare its report to bring the guilty to book.

The onus is on the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as his govt has not only failed to hand over the compensation to the victims of kishtwar violence but is yet to unmask the faces of culprits who were responsible  for the violence and loss of life and property.

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