National Conference Vice President and Former Minister Chaudhary Mohamamd Ramzan on Tuesday lashed out at MLA Handwara and Minister for Social Welfare Sajad Lone for trying to use the grave tragedy of Handwara killings for PR and photo-opportunities rather than focusing on ensuring that justice is done with the families of the victims. “In his desperate attempt to hide his failure in not visiting the grieving families of the victims in Handwara for seven days, local MLA and Minister Sajad Lone is trying to mislead the people while the Government remains absolutely clueless about both the inquiry into the incident as well as into the deaths of five innocent civilians”, Senior National Conference Leader and Party’s Vice President Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan said in a statement issued from Party Headquarters in Srinagar.
“The bunker that has been removed was erected in 2004 during the PDP-Congress Government’s tenure and in fact lakhs of rupees were provided for the construction of the bunker by the then local independent MLA who was fielded by Sajad Lone. We welcome the removal of the bunker but it’s ironic that those who got the bunker erected are claiming credit for its removal. Also, removing the bunker cannot be a substitute of a credible, holistic and time-bound inquiry which has to have the focal goal of ensuring that justice is done with the families of the victims”, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan further said. “The said bunker was burnt by the people and not personally removed by Sajad Lone as he would like everyone to believe. The people of Handwara deserve credit for ensuring the bunker was removed, not Sajad Lone. For seven days he was missing from Handwara and today he has made an appearance to claim credit for the removal of the bunker. He should rather have visited the families of the slain youth and tried to ensure that a proper, systematic inquiry is initiated at the earliest possible instance”, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan added.