NPP demands into circumstances that led to police firing, lathicharge and chaos in border areas of Samba Distt.

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of J&K National Panthers Party and Executive Chairman of Free Legal Aid Committee, J&K expressed shock and anger on the police lathicharge and firing on the villagers in Sarore village in Samba District killing a youth Mohd. Yaqoob.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that this area bordering with Pakistan has been peaceful and the people have been living in brotherly atmosphere having no personal grievance or conflict.

Prof.Bhim Singh demanded an independent inquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court of J&K to let the public know the cause of the unrest and compulsion for the police to use bullets against the unarmed villagers. Prof.Bhim Singh also said that judicial inquiry should find out the cause of the unrest and the reason for the use of excessive force against the villagers. He said that the local Gujjars who are permanent residents of J&K, mostly landless permanent residents of J&K have been living a nomadic life in these deserted areas for years. He said the Govt. of J&K has not been able to provide them necessary piece of agricultural land for the survival of the Gujjar community and their cattle which is the only property on which this Gujjar fraternity has been surviving.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that there are reports that some outsiders from outside J&K have forcibly held the agricultural land in this area with the help of the power wielding politicians. He demanded full protection and security to the Gujjar community who are the permanent residents of the state of J&K.

Prof.Bhim Singh also appealed to the people, particularly the youth of the entire bordering areas to put up their joint efforts to ensure that communal harmony is maintained at all costs which is in the interest of all the people. Prof.Bhim Singh urged Shri N.N. Vohra, the Governor of J&K to constitute an All Party Committee as an Advisory Committee to assist the Governor to ensure that communal harmony and peace is maintained at all costs. He said that Gujjar community has been contributing to strengthen the bonds of National Integration and humanism for thousands of years and they have contributed tremendously to strengthening the bonds of National Integration.

Prof.Bhim Singh also appealed to all the residents of Jammu and Samba Districts including the residents of Jammu province who have made historic contribution towards strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and this is the time that all of us sit together and defeat the forces from outside which intend to destroy the human compassion and love among the Jammuites. He hoped that Shri N.N. Vohra may constitute the judicial commission without any delay.