Despite 221, including 23 murder cases against VDCs, Govt has no plan to disband them

Srinagar: Government Friday said that it has no plans to disband the Village Defence Committee (VDC) set up in the state to fight militancy.

“Keeping in view of the security situation obtaining in the state and the role played by VDC’s there is no proposal to disband them,” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is incharge of Home department, informed the Lower House in a written reply to NC MLA from Edigah, Mubarak Gul.

Mehbooba said that 221 cases under different section of law (23 murders, seven rapes, 15 cases of rioting, three cases under NDPS act and 169 other heads) have been registered against VDC members.

“Out of 221 cases registered against VDC members, 205 cases have been challaned, seven cases are under investigation while three were not admitted. Two cases were untraced and four cases are in inquest proceedings,” she said, adding, “Five accused have been convicted, 42 have been acquitted while 121 are still facing trial.”
However, the chief minister said that when any VDC member is found involved in any criminal act, he is immediately disengaged and appropriate action as warranted under law is initiated against him

She said that directions have been issued to the concerned district SPs to initiate action against such VDC members and ensure that the weapons allotted to them are withdrawn and deposited in Kots.

Chief Minister further stated that the VDC set up is under review on regular basis and all efforts are being made to improve their working. The question regarding VDC members was also raised by NC Khanyar lawmaker, Ali Muhammad Sagar. (KNS)

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