She said this during a discussion in the house where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said a judicial inquiry would be conducted into last month's incident in Shopian in which four people, including a militant, were killed in firing by paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force.

Speaker Mubarak Gul allowed a PDP motion for discussion, suspending the question hour. Mehbooba Mufti said that during the current assembly session whenever the opposition tried to raise the issue of fixing accountability for killings by the security forces, the government brought up former army chief VK Singh's claims that payments have been made by the army to state ministers since Independence for "winning people's hearts".

"I feel VK Singh's statement and the report of the defence ministry is a black spot on the integrity of this house but whenever we demand discussion on the killings the government uses divisive tactics by raising the VK Singh issue," she said.

"Shopian is my hometown although I belong to Bijbehara town. The people of Shopian have been suffering since 2009 and sometimes I feel they are being punished for supporting us (PDP). Police issued a statement in which it was stated that three of the four people killed in Shopian firing by the CRPF were civilians who had no police record of being involved in militancy," the PDP leader said."

Mufti asked Abdullah, who was sitting in the assembly: "Have we to act as a colony or behave as the representatives of the people. I don't say there were no violations of human rights during our rule, but we had restored confidence among the people.”

(Agencies)

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