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Stop Human Rights violations by security forces in Kashmir:Mehbooba

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Baramulla, Feb 23 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today alleged that 12 innocent persons were killed by the security forces in the Kashmir valley since the Congress headed the coalition government assumed office in the state.

Addressing a one-day party convention here today Ms Mehbooba, MP, said the Human Rights (HR) violations have increased after the Congress assured office.

More than a dozen innocent people were killed in custody and fake encounters by the security forces in the Kashmir valley, she alleged.

She said the Task Force of the Jammu and Kashmir police, which was disbanded during the PDP rule, has now again been activated.

The task force personnel were now committing HR violations in the state, she alleged.

The president of PDP, a partner in the coalition government, said an atmosphere was created during the PDP rule when people were feeling secure. The HR violations had come down considerably during the PDP rules he claimed.

She urged Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to take immediate steps to stop HR violations in the state.

About the Round Table Conference convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at New Delhi on February 25 on Kashmir, she said the PDP will take part in the meet.

''We will present our view point before the Prime Minister,'' she said adding the PDP will also speak about the self rule.

Addressing the convention, PDP General Secretary Mohammad Dilawar Mir demanded a probe into the funds released by Rajiv Gandhi memorial trust for the October 8 earthquake victims of the state.

Where is the money released by the trust, he asked.

He alleged that workers and relatives of the Congress leaders are being appointed for the Anganwari posts after rejecting the deserving candidates.

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