Jammu, April 3, 2021: The Working Committee members of J&K National Panthers Party (JKNPP) accused the police which did not allow the Panthers Party leaders from Srinagar to visit Shopian to attend Panthers Party meetings which were fixed earlier. The Panthers Party working committee meeting in Jammu condemned this police action to ban the movement of senior leaders of the party including General Secretary, Mr. Hakikat Singh Jamwal, Kashmir Province President, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zonal President, Abdul Rashid Ganie, Press Secretary, Mohd. Yaqoob Dunoo and others.
The Working Committee meeting presided by JKNPP President Prof.Bhim Singh passed an urgent resolution urging the President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind for immediate intervention to direct Lt. Governor of J&K to implement the letter and spirit of Articles 14 & 19 in Chapter-III of the Indian Constitution which is fully applicable in J&K. The freedom of movement, speech or holding peaceful political meeting is a guaranteed fundamental right which has been snatched by the J&K police which is working now under the command of J&K Lt. Governor.
Prof.Bhim Singh told the members of the Working Committee that only favourite political parties’ leaders in Kashmir are provided security as well as provided freedom to hold any public meeting anywhere in Kashmir Valley. Prof.Bhim Singh said that Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi is accusing the Chief Minister of Bengal that she has deprived the citizens of India in West Bengal of their fundamental rights but government from the Centre using the Lt. Governor is denying the same rights to the political parties’ functionaries in J&K. He reminded the Prime Minister to answer this question as to what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in Kashmir province where only chosen political parties and leaders are free to move anywhere in the Valley, whereas secular, opposition parties including Panthers Party has been deprived even to move on the road to hold indoor meetings. He gave the example of Shopian meeting today where party senior leaders of Kashmir were banned to visit the city.
The Working Committee of JKNPP declared that it shall seek appointment with the President of India to exercise his powers under the Constitution to save the fundamental rights of movement and speech.
The Working Committee also appealed to the Members of Parliament for their support to raise this issue in the Parliament so that the entire country would come to know what is really happening in J&K. Prof.Bhim Singh said that the urgent and only solution lies in the return of Statehood of J&K with all Fundamental Rights of citizens enshrined in the Constitution of India.