Government uses agencies to silence dissent: CPI(M) chief on ED Omar Abdullah interrogation

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The BJP-led Union government is using agencies like the Law Enforcement Directorate to silence dissenting voices, CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami said on Thursday after the NC chief , Omar Abdullah, was questioned by the Central Investigation Agency in Delhi. ED asked Abdullah on Thursday about the purchase of a building by J&K Bank some 12 years ago when he was chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. After spending more than five hours at the ED office responding to summonses sent out last week, Abdullah told reporters he hadn’t been charged with anything and had “answered as much as possible”. Tarigami said, “The government uses agencies like ED to silence dissenting voices. Previously it was Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and wife of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, now Omar Abdullah. ”Digging up old stuff is nothing but a political vendetta. The BJP has been in power for eight years in the Center and has ruled Jammu and Kashmir in coalition or solo for several years now. Where were they so long?”.

He said it was ironic that leaders who “shake hands with the BJP are getting squeaky clean” and those who are starting to raise people’s voices are “hunted down through the use of agencies.”

He said these actions further widen the gap between the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the political class of Delhi. “The government should stop this kind of activity immediately,” he said. He said it looks like the BJP is preparing the ground to realize its agenda in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the elections by silencing the opposition voice.

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