CPI(M) reaches out to violence-torn Kashmir valley

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Prakash Karat
Srinagar, Aug 23: Raising concern over the situation in Kashmir valley and the mounting death toll in the violence, CPI(M) has said that is no justification whatsoever for the deaths of such a large number of people and questioned the law and order measures undertaken by the state and central governments.

“The situation is extremely serious. We are appalled and shocked at such a heavy death toll. 62 people have died so far. There is no justification whatsoever for the deaths of such a large number of people," party General Secretary Prakash Karat said on Monday, Aug 23 while speaking to reporters in Srinagar.

Karat was one among the group of CPI(M) leaders, who visited the violence-torn state to convey condolence to all the families of the victims.

“We also feel that the Central government and the state government of Jammu and Kashmir have tried to deal with it (unrest) as a purely law and order issue and resorted to administrative measures," he added.

On reports that minors were being put in jail, Mr Karat said, “I read in the newspaper reports about cases of children less than 18 years put to jail...You can"t put 15-16 year old in jail. If the charge is throwing stones at the police, they can"t be put in jail for that."

He contended that the juvenile law in the state was defective.

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