Who gagged media in valley: Cong

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Expressing surprising over the assertions of Advisor to Chief Minister Amitabh Matoo during interview to New Delhi based News Channel that Chief Minister was not aware about the ban on Media, Congress today asked PDP BJP Coalition to come clean as to who approved the ban.

Terming the assertions of Amitab Mattoo as confusing, besides misleading, JKPCC Chief G.A. Mir as per statement issued to KNS while dismissing the Statement, expressed serious concern over the way State Govt is functioning, imposing of ban on media without the approval of Chief Minister is impossible, it is something like Mr. Mattoo tried to shift the focus on the Administration and prove that the ban on Media had no approval from the Chief Minister, if he was right in his position, then the matter is very serious and needs to be looked into, he said.

PCC Chief asked the PDP BJP Coalition to come clean as to who approved the ban. He said it is obvious from the statement of Amitab Matoo that he is trying to hide something and wants to make administration, tactfully, accountable in this regard.

PCC Chief questioned as to who approved the ban and issued orders to raid office of Newspapers, besides seizing thousands of copies of News papers ? He said people have right to know who is is at the helm of affairs, that too, in presence of the elected Government.

G.A. Mir said that sensitive decisions can’t be taken without the approval of Chief Minister and If Mr. Mattoo was right in his position, then, the Chief Minister should not only acknowledge the Statement of her Advisor, but should also take stern action against the person or persons below, issuing orders at their will, which undoubtedly reflects that the Chief Minister has no control over the Administration.

Congress Party realizes that Chief Minister should have ordered an enquiry on the very first day of the ban, in case it was not approved by her, besides revoking the ban, but no action was taken on the part of Chief Minister, therefore, Congress party demands that Chief Minister should clarify her position on this issue, G.A. Mir said.

Referring to the interview of Senior PDP Leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh (MP) while talking to New Delhi based News Channel clearly stating that Chief Minister was betrayed by some senior police officers on account of excessive use of force on protestors leading to high number of causalities, PCC Chief said the betrayal, as per the Statement of Mr. Beigh reflects the failure of the Govt besides putting a big question mark on the functioning of Coalition Govt led by Mehbooba Mufti, he said.

G.A. Mir also condemned the brutalities on innocent people of Veerinag yesterday night by Security Forces without any provocation, leading to grave injuries to dozens of people. Expressing serious concern, he said this is unfortunate that security forces targeted the people and beat them ruthlessly when they were purchasing medicines and essentials, he asked the authorities dealing with law and order to ensure that people are not made to suffer unnecessarily, such undemocratic action on the part of security forces is highly condemnable, unacceptable. It will further vitiate the atmosphere in the valley, he warned.

PCC Chief strongly condemned the killing of three persons at Qazigund yesterday evening due to firing. Terming this incident most unfortunate, PCC Chief asked the authorities to punish the personnel involved in this heinous crime.

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