Don’t speculate over Kashmir custodial death: Congress

October 6th, 2011 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 6 (IANS) The Congress Thursday backed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, saying there was no point speculating over the mysterious custodial death of a ruling National Conference (NC) worker when the matter is to be probed judicially.

“There is no point of speculation. Omar Abdullah gave a formal statement and clarification though he is not obliged to…he has asked the chief justice to have judicial inquiry,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters here.

“Why do we speculate? If there is any evidence, fact, material it should be given to the judicial commission,” he said.

Abdul Salam Rishi, a key witness of the events leading to the Sep 30 death of NC worker Sayeed Muhammad Yousuf, told a TV channel that Yousuf had accepted taking a bribe from another party worker Muhammad Yusuf Bhat.

Rishi also alleged that Yousuf had taken the money as a political bribe paid finally to NC patron Farooq Abdullah for getting Bhat a minister’s berth.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been demanding the chief minister’s resignation, maintaining the judicial probe won’t be impartial as long as Omar Abdullah continues in office.

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