The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea demanding imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, under a provision of J&K Constitution, due to the prevailing law and order situation in the state. Kashmir valley has been reeling under a tense curfew since last two weeks following the encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in Kokernag on July 8.
Over 40 people, including one policeman, have been killed so far and over thousands are left injured in the valley in the clashes between the protesters and the security forces.
Taking up the petition on Friday, a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur directed the matter to be listed next week. The plea has been filed by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP).
Seeking imposition of Governor’s rule under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, the JKNPP contended that the state has been “under siege of the security forces and the police for the past two weeks resulting in a total chaos, anarchy and disorder in the entire valley of Kashmir”.
The petitioner further sought a direction to the Governor to dissolve the Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, which he alleged “has failed to discharge its duties and functions”.
The bench also comprising justices FML Kalifulla and AM Khanwilkar asked the petitioner why they did not approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court for remedy. At which the counsel of the petitioners contended that J&K High Court “has been locked up” as well and they can’t go anywhere.
“The situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been chaotic and there is no public order in existence as such,” he argued adding, “the people in Jammu and Kashmir have been forced to stay inside their house and homes without food, medicines or other essential commodities needed for human survival.”
Earlier on Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti held an all-party meeting at Srinagar. While the main opposition J&K National Conference boycott the meeting, ruling partner BJP, leaders from opposition Congress, independent MLAs and leaders of other political parties in the state attended the meet.
In the marathon five-hour meeting, Mehbooba called for taking all the stakeholders on board as part of a politically-inclusive agenda to address the problems confronting the state. She also batted for reviving the dialogue process with Pakistan.
Expressing anguish over the loss of lives and injuries sustained by people during recent protests, she addressed the all-party meet saying, “the youths have become its specific target as the violence has consumed nearly an entire young generation.”
“I strongly believe that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir have the right to seek meaningful employment, freedom of expression, participation in decision-making that affects their lives, and protection from socio-economic and political exploitation,” the Jammu and Kashmir CM said during her first ever meeting aimed at taking stock of the prevailing fragile condition in the state.
(With inputs from the PTI)