Police cane charge protesting migrants at Muthi
JAMMU, Apr 30: Police today resorted to cane charge to disperse the agitating Kashmiri Pandit migrants at Muthi who were protesting against the Election Commission of India (ECI) for its failure in simplifying the voting procedure for displaced Pandits from Valley.
The demonstration was spearheaded by Jammu Kashmir Nationalist Movement (JKNM) headed by Dr K N Pandita. To disperse the protesting migrants the police resorted to cane charge in which some people also received minor injuries.
Four demonstrators including Surinder Ambardar, Surinder Pandita, Satish Kumar and Rohit Tak were also arrested. They were lodged in Police Station Damana and a case was registered against them.
The displaced Pandits shouting slogans in support of their demands that voting procedure for the migrants be simplified to ensure their 100 percent participation in democratic process, dispensing of M Forms and issuance of Election Photo Identity Cards alleged that despite the assurance of Chief Election Commissioner, nothing substantial emerged over one month.
Later talking to this reporter, a spokesman of JKNM blamed the police of unprovoked cane charge on peaceful demonstrators who were protesting for their democratic rights.
However the SHO Damana, Mr Suliman said that police was left with no alternative but to resort to cane charge to disperse the agitators who were protesting in front of the polling booth at Muthi to hamper the smooth conducting of elections.
He said despite the repeated pleas by the senior police officers the demonstrators did not agree to disperse became violent and tried to force their entry into DSE Complex where the polling was to be held. The SHO said that in view of the clear-cut guidelines of Election Commission that polling should not be allowed to disturb at any cost the police was left with no alternative but to take action.
He said four people were arrested and an FIR under Section 147 and 353 of RPC and 138 RPA was registered against them.
Meanwhile various organizations have strongly condemned the police cane charge and arrest of four Kashmiri migrants protesting against denial of their democratic rights.
The BJP state president, Ashok Khajuria while strongly condemning the police action said this is unfortunate that the people who are demanding that they be given the right to vote are beaten up with lathis and put behind the bars while those who give election boycott call in Valley are treated as VIPs.
He warned that BJP will not tolerate such undemocratic methods adopted by the Government to harass the nationalist people and demanded immediate release of four KP youth and revocation of cases against them.
Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti convenor, Brig. (retd) Suchet Singh has also strongly condemned the police action against the displaced Pandits who were protesting at Muthi and demanding the simplification of voting procedure for migrants.
He warned that in case the cases were not withdrawn the Samiti too will join the agitation against the authorities. He accused the police of even not sparing the women and aged people and subjecting them too to cane charging.
Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM) president Ashok Kangan, Panun Kashmir convenor, Dr Agnishekhar, Kashmiri Pandit Sabha, Jammu, president Prof A N Sadhoo, senior vice president, ASKPC, R K Raina, AIKS, president, Moti Koul, BJP Migrant Cell president, H L Chatta, APMCC, chief Vinod Pandit, BJP spokesman, Ramesh Arora and various other organizations have also strongly condemned the police for cane charging the peaceful KP demonstrators at Muthi and demand action against the officers responsible for the act.