NCP demands inquiry by SC judge into Ghati incident
11 October 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Former Minister and state president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Thakur Randhir Singh today demanded a thorough probe and independent inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into the Ghati incident. Talking to media persons, he said that it was a sheer failure on the part of security forces that a small group of militants had escaped from the village and alleged that both army and police were informed well in time about the presence of militants by the villagers yet no immediate step was initiated to kill the terrorists. 'The ill- equipped Village Defence Committee (VDC) members were put in the vanguard and senior officers of police and army continued to monitor the activities from far-off areas', he further alleged and said that it is further ironical that the villagers, who participated in the operation after passing on information to the security personnel about presence of terrorists have not been provided with adequate security or weapons till today. Only the villagers, he said, should be given credit for killing of only terrorist and also averting mass massacre in the area as a villager Varinder Khajuria misguided the militants while Major Singh and Maina Wanti who caught hold of a terrorist and snatched his weapon', Thakur said. He further disclosed that people have formed a Ghati Memorial Committee to build a park in memory of the three youngmen, who sacrificed their lives while fighting dreaded terrorists in the last two years. Later, he honoured all those villagers, who participated in the Ghati operation.