Posted On Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 09:48:12 AM
Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir Home Minister Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo on Monday sent his resignation to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah after opposition parties in Rajya Sabha alleged that he was in Kishtwar during the communal violence but did not bring it under control.
The state government has ordered a judicial probe into the violence. However, at a press conference at the Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan, Kichloo said he said that some political parties were trying to malign his image and blame him for the violence.
|The Opposition has accused Sajjad Kichloo of being present in Kishtwar during the violence but doing nothing about it
“I am innocent. I have done no wrong, my conscious is clear, my electorate of Kishtwar vouches for my secular credentials and I am deeply hurt that for petty political ends, some people have stooped so low as to accuse me of something I have not done,” he said.
Meanwhile, fresh clashes broke out between the protesters and police in Kishtwar town. At least 8 people were injured and another 10 (allegedly including 2 police officers) were arrested in the violence which has claimed three lives so far.
“I have received Sajjad Kichloo’s resignation asking to be relieved of his responsibilities pending the outcome of the judicial inquiry. I am forwarding the same to the Hon.
Governor with the recommendation that it be accepted,” Abdullah posted on Twitter. As per a statement from the governor’s office, the resignation of Kichloo has been accepted.
Reacting to BJP leader Arun Jaitley's statement in the Rajya Sabha that Jammu and Kashmir was not the private property of any single family (an obvious dig at Omar's family), the chief minister said, "Would Jaitley be so kind as to inform Parliament whether the Gujarat Home Minister or MOS Home resigned or even offered to in 2002!" "3 unfortunate deaths - 1 Hindu, 2 Muslim & we've a judicial inquiry with my Minister resigning.
Would the BJP care to recount 2002 response," Abdullah tweeted. "Oh that's right they can't because their star PM hopeful waited days to call out the army & has yet to apologise. Hypocrites." Curfew was extended in eight districts of Jammu after a bandh was called by the BJP in the area.
However, curfew was lifted from Udhampur and Poonch districts for four hours. Section 144 under CRPC (which prohibits assembly of five or more persons, holding of public meetings, and carrying of firearms) has been imposed in the Kathua and Doda regions.
The Srinagar-Jammu highway connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the world remained closed for the third day consecutive today as a precautionary measure. Hundreds of passengers besides Amarnath pilgrims remained stranded in different parts of Kashmir, as the yatra wasd suspended for the third consecutive day.
According to sources, police have sealed the Lakhanpur entry point as hundreds of rioters from outside the state are trying to enter Jammu city as they did during the 2008 Amarnath agitation.
The chief minister reviewed the situation at a meeting attended by various members of the council of ministers camping in Jammu.
They discussed various measures relating to the rehabilitation of the people affected in the clashes. An immediate relief to the maximum of Rs 2 lakh each to those whose houses have been damaged or gutted and shops looted was sanctioned.
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