Jammu, August 14: National Conference OBC/SC Cell on Wednesday expressed serious concern and strong resentment over the continued detention of the party leadership in both Kashmir and Jammu regions, saying this has exposed the BJP’s scant regard for democracy and freedom of expression. “What could be more deplorable than the fact that National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President, Omar Abdullah apart from various other senior leaders were kept under detention even during Eid festivities”, the NC OBC/SC Cell said in a statement issued from Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
The statement lamented that those who struggled all their life for restoration and promotion of democracy are now paying price for their unflinching faith in the democratic ethos of the country which guarantees right to dissent and freedom of expression. Ironically, despite claims of peace in Jammu, restrictions are continuing on the provincial leaders, which speaks volumes about the intent of the government, it added.
The NC OBC/SC Cell urged the Centre to lift restrictions over the party leadership by releasing them from continued detention and allow democracy to function in this part of the country in the spirit envisioned by the towering leaders. The Cell also exhorted the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain their time tested unity, harmony and brotherhood for which they are known the world over.
Besides Chairperson NC OBC/SC Cell Babu Ram Pal, Dr. Chaman Lal Bhagat Ex-MLA, Jagjeevan Lal Ex-MLA, B.R. Kundal Ex-MLC, Satwant Kour Dogra Provincial President Women Wing Jammu Province and Dr. Gagan Bhagat Ex-MLA the signatories to the joint statement included Co-Chairman OBC Cell Mr Abdul Gani Teli, Co-Chairperson SC Cell Vijay Lochan, as also Puspa Dogra, Amrit Versha, Soma Devi, Simran Dass, Som Raj Taroch, Rakesh Dogra, Sunil Kumar, Charanjeet Bhagat, Jagdish Dutt Sodi, Subash Mehra, Dr. Tara Chand, S. Nirmal Singh, Mohd Ayub Malik and others.