Rajya Sabha

December 3, 2019

Ahamed Hassan speaks on the issue of killing of Bengali workers in Kashmir

Ahamed Hassan speaks on the issue of killing of Bengali workers in Kashmir


Thank you, Chairman Sir.

Five labourers from our State were brutally killed in Kulgam, Kashmir on October 29, 2019. Another was critically injured. They were all from the village of Bahal Nagar in Murshidabad. This happened around the time when European Parliamentarians were on a private visit to Kashmir. The labourers belong to the economically weaker sections of the society. 

Hon’ble Home Minister, Amit Shah ji is always assuring the nation that situation in Kashmir  is totally normal. There is no bar or restriction in the movement of citizens and for normal business. After listening to the assurance of the Home Minister, the families of the deceased labourers allowed them to go and work in Kashmir. In spite of tight security measures for the European parliamentarians, the gruesome killing happened unhindered. 

Sir, so far no individual or group has claimed responsibility but everyone wants to know who is responsible for the killing of these bengali labourers and why the government is maintaining silence over the incident. The Central Government has so far has not not give any compensation to the families of the victims. The government should take a sympathetic stand and compassionate approach towards the killed citizens of the country. 

Our Chief Minister, Hon’ble Mamata Banerjee has personally supervised the process of receiving the bodies at the Kolkata Airport. The Mamata Banerjee government has provided service and financial help and support to these families but the Central Government is yet to respond. Sir, life and livelihood are the fundamental rights of the citizens. I urge upon the government to please protect the lives of citizens, whether he is a Kashmiri or from the other parts of our country.

Thank you, Sir.