Vora looking for a Kashmiri advisor, zero tolerance on HR abuses

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Srinagar, Sep 2 (UNI) Assuring a delegation of Awami National Conference (ANC) that action would be taken against security forces found involved in brutal use of force, Governor N N Vohra said he was looking for a Kashmiri advisor.

A spokesman of the ANC, headed by former Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah, claimed that the Governor expressed full agreement with most of the ANC demands put before him in a memorandum at Rajbhavan here this afternoon.

He said Mr Vohra agreed that strict action will be taken against security personnel involved in unprovoked and unnecessary use of brutal force.

He assured that the medical facilities will be upgraded in all the hospitals of the valley on priority basis.

On the demand of appointing an advisor from the Valley, the Governor had informed the delegation that he was on the lookout for a suitable non controversial and eminent personality from Kashmir.

This slot will be filled soon, Mr Vohra had said.

On the demand of release of detenues and the people arrested during the recent shrine board agitation, the Governor assured the ANC delegation that necessary steps in this regard are being initiated at his level and assured that something positive could be expected during the holy month of Ramazan.

Security forces are to be restrained from arbitrary actions. No loss of life and damage to civilian property to be permitted, the ANC has demanded in the memorandum.

It also demanded immediate halt to alleged mass arrests of youths who participated in the recent peaceful processionists in the valley. Besides it demanded release of all Hurriyat and other separatist leaders in order to create conducive atmosphere.

The ANC also demanded that all political detenues languishing in jails without trial be released as gesture of goodwill, holding of Intra Kashmir Peace Conference in Srinagar be facilitated and upgradation of basic medical facilities at all government hospitals across the state on war footing to be taken up.


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