The Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led government in Jammu and Kashmir faced a setback when the families of the two Kashmiri truck drivers, who were injured in a petrol bomb attack at Udhampur following a rumour about cow slaughter in the area, returned the ex-gratia relief amount paid to them.
At a press conference with independent MLA Engineer Rashid in Srinagar on Wednesday, the family members of the victims told the media that they returned two cheques of Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000 to CM Mufti when he was on an official visit to Anantnag area of south Kashmir on Tuesday.
The father of one of the injured, Ghulam Rasool told the media that the CM refused to listen to them. He said that he only wanted justice and no compensation can assuage the family’s pain. Rashid said that he would pay Rs two lakh to the two families of the victims.
The families of the victims further alleged in the press conference that after they returned the compensation money to CM Mufti, the police and the district authorities of Anantnag have started harassing them. “They have threatened us that they will book the injured truck drivers under the Public Safety Act,” they said.
Police has arrested five persons in the petrol bomb attack but three accused persons are still absconding. Police told the media in Jammu that the arrested persons had been shown videos of bovine slaughters by the conspirators of the attack in an apparent bid to create hatred against the minorities.
Meanwhile, CM Mufti visited the injured truck drivers at Safdarjung hospital and assured them all help. He assured the injured Showkat Ahmad Dar and Zahid Ahmad Bhat that they would get justice.
The Udhampur attack has resulted in shutdowns and protests in Kashmir. But the two Chambers of Commerce in Jammu and Srinagar have given a joint press statement assuring the trading community that they would not support any economic blockade. The two chambers have said that the trade between the two regions will not suffer in the wake of the communal attacks.