AIP President: Er. Rasheed (File Photo)

Expressing grief and sorrow over the tragedy in which five family members of Tangdar died due to asphyxiation at Bemina, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) President Er Rasheed on Saturday visited JVC Hospital Srinagar to monitor the arrangement for airlifting the dead bodies.

Rasheed said that today’s incident yet again exposes the failure of the government to construct a much-needed tunnel at Sadhna top. He said that it is unfortunate that successive governments every time promised to construct a tunnel at Sadhna but every promise just added salt to the injuries of thousands of inhabitants of Karnah.

He said that isn’t it shameful that on one hand New Delhi claims not to surrender even an inch of territory under its control, but the ill-fated people of Karnah have to beg every time even to get back their dead bodies? Is anything more shameful than the fact that the dead body of women is laying at Sadhna top since last two days for the want of road clearance?

Rasheed added that all that New Delhi has gifted to the border areas is cross LOC shelling, forced labour, tanks, arms and ammunition and huge presence of military and para-military forces.

Rasheed asked the New Delhi to keep every inch of Jammu and Kashmir especially that of Karnah and likewise areas but it has no right to make the life of the inhabitants worse than the hell. It would be appreciable and big favour, if people of Karnah, Keren, Gurez and likewise areas are allowed to migrate to another side of LOC.