Month: February 2014
In occupied Kashmir, freedom leaders, demanding the identity of the slain youth in Lolab area of Kupwara, have called for a probe by an international agency into the killings.
According to Media sources, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani reacting to the gruesome killings in the area in a statement issued from New Delhi, said, “Seven people have been killed in a suspicious manner. Human rights violations by the Indian forces are at peak in Kashmir. We demand an impartial probe by a transparent agency.”
He said it was unfortunate that people were being killed in a doubtful manner. “People are being killed first and then incidents are portrayed as encounters,” he said. “After it was proven that Machil and Pathribal encounters were fake, it becomes obligatory for the international bodies to come forward to save the lives of people of Kashmir,” he stressed. He said there is a question mark on all encounters that have taken place so far.
The veteran leader announced a general strike on Friday against the Lolab incident.
He demanded that the War Crime Tribunal of United Nations should probe the veracity of all encounters that have taken place in the territory. “If world bodies won’t play their role at this juncture, the killings of Kashmiri youth would continue,” Gilani warned.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “Lolab incident can be another Machil. All encounters that have taken place in Kashmir since 1989 are under cloud. We demand a transparent probe into the incident. We don’t trust army and police claims,” he said. “People still remember encounter like Pathribal, Machil, Ganderbal,Brakpora and many other incidents where innocent civilians were first abducted and later killed in cold blood,” he said.
The personnel of Indian army’s 18 Rashtriya Rifles and other paramilitary forces killed the youth in a fake encounter during a siege and search operation at Dardpora in Lolab area of the district. Joining the chorus, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik commenting on the killings said, “We know the fate of hundreds of probes ordered in past 25 years, so rather than demanding a probe into Lolab incident, we demand identity of all those killed should be revealed forthwith.”
Hurriyet leader s and organizations including, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Musaddiq Aadil, Aasiya Andrabi, Yasmeen Raja, Farida Behanji, Zamurda Habib, Muhammad Shafi Reshi, Abdul Ahad Para, Javed Ahmad Mir, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Mushtaq-ul-Islam and Jamaat-e-Islami, Tehreek-e-Hurriyet, High Court Bar and Voice of Victim paying glowing tributes to Lolab martyrs said that martyrdom of youths was the assets of the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom struggle.
In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself in Poonch district.
According to Media sources, the trooper of 18 Bihar Regiment identified as Parna Murmu, deployed with his battalion-committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at an Army unit in Degwar area of the district.
This incident raised the number of such deaths among the Indian troops and police personnel to 302 since January 2007.
Meanwhile, Indian army’s Lance Naik Rajesh Kumar presently deployed at 8 Field Regiment died under mysterious circumstance in Jammu.
In occupied Kashmir, two unidentified bodies were recovered in the Kashmir valley under mysterious circumstances.
According to Media sources, bodies were recovered near Municipal Park at M R Gunj in Srinagar and main market at Qazigund.
Meanwhile, two people were killed and four others were injured in road accidents in Ganderbal and Pulwama districts.
In occupied Kashmir, in a shocking disclosure about the rampant use of draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) in the territory, the puppet authorities have disclosed that 16,329 cases of PSA have been slapped on people since 1988.
According to Media sources, this is for the first time that the authorities have come up with statistics on the application of the law, termed as a ‘lawless law’ by rights groups including Amnesty International.
“It is to inform that 16,329 PSAs have been slapped so far since 1988,” the Home department has disclosed under RTI, reported English daily, Greater Kashmir.
Out of the total, almost 95 percent cases of PSA have been slapped on people from Kashmir. Earlier, in 2012, the Home department had disclosed that 4000 PSA cases were slapped between 2002 and 2012.
In occupied Kashmir, a court has dismissed an appeal against a trial court order seeking execution of non-bailable arrest warrants against two cops found guilty in the Wamiq Farooq killing case of 2010.
According to Media sources, Wamiq Farooq, a class 7th student, was hit by a tear-gas shell at Ghani Memorial Stadium in Srinagar during the 2010 uprising in Kashmir.
The Court of 2nd Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar, Parvaiz Hussain Kachroo, dismissed the appeal by two cops—ASI Abdul Khaliq Sofi and SPO Muhammad Akram—against an order of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar seeking execution of arrest warrants against the duo through IG Police.
The court justified the order of Chief Judicial Magistrate on several grounds.
On August 22 last, Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar had issued non bailable arrest warrants against two accused cops after observing that in the evidence collected by the Judicial Magistrate in inquiry under section 202 of CrPC and the evidence collected by the Special Investigation Team, such circumstances were spelt out which prima-facie pointed out the culpability of ASI Abdul Khaliq Sofi and SPO Muhammad Akram.
The court had passed the direction on an application moved by Wamiq’s family through advocate Ajaz Ahmad Dar seeking issuance of process against the accused.
The victim family was represented by Advocate Ajaz Ahmad Dar.
Meanwhile terming the verdict in the Wamiq Farooq case as a victory of justice, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference in a statement said the “murderers of more than 100 youths killed in 2010 are still roaming freely.”
The APHC said that it would continue raise its voice against the injustices meted out to the Kashmiris.