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Choudhary Lal Singh not stopped from going to Kishtwar, says Jammu Police.

Pallavi Sareen

Jammu, Apr 11: IGP Jammu, Manish Sinha has made a revelation regarding Choudhary Lal Singh, Head of Dogra Swabhimaan Sangthan (DSS), saying that when allowed to attend the cremation ceremony of RSS Leader Chander Kant Sharma, he chose not to do so.

Choudhary Lal Singh was detained by the Police in Doda on April 10. Choudhary Lal Singh has been raising hue and cry alleging the bias of administration and J&K Police who allowed the cars of BJP and RSS leaders to pass while deliberately stopping him from attending the cremation of RSS leader Chander Kant Sharma at Kishtwar.

But the statement of IGP Jammu tells a different tale. IGP Jammu, Manish Sinha while addressing a press conference today revealed that Choudhary Lal Singh was only detained for a short period of time to avoid conflict between the two parties. Yet when he was released from custody, he did not attend the cremation ceremony.

CEO Shailendra Kumar and IGP Jammu Manish Sinha addressing a press conference

Choudhary Lal Singh had been giving statements in the media saying, “Inspite of cancelling all election campaign meetings, I was not allowed to move to attend the funeral of my beloved friend.” Choudhary Lal Singh termed his arrest as ‘political emergency’ in Jammu and Kashmir.

IGP Manish Sinha responded to Choudhary Lal Singh’s allegations saying, “The allegation of being partisan is completely unfounded. We cannot allow a clash to happen so we have to have a separation in time between two parties, particularly in this surcharged political atmosphere that we have. We could not have allowed two political parties to be concurrently present. It was only a matter of delaying one party to visit. That was it. After that allowance was given. The leader you are referring to did not exercise that option”

Choudhary Lal Singh issued a statement soon after his release from the police custody in Doda and said “It is a complete murder of democracy. It has saddened and hurt me that I was not allowed attending the cremation of my beloved friend and social leader (RSS leader Chander Kant Sharma) at Kishtwar.”

IGP Manish Sinha contradicted Choudhary Lal Singh’s claims in his statement saying that once he was released from Police custody, he was allowed to attend the cremation but decided against it.

Two days after RSS leader Chander Kant Sharma and his personal security officer were killed by terrorists as they opened fire at a Health centre, curfew continues in Jammu Kashmir’s Kishtwar district.

IGP Manish Sinha said, “Situation is still not conducive for the lifting of curfew. We are keeping a close watch on it. As soon as we feel that it is alright, we will start lifting the curfew partially. As regarding leads are concerned, at the moment I have nothing much to share except that we have rounded up some workers and we are putting them through interrogation. We are getting a few leads and trying to work on them.”

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