Hurriyet leaders and organizations while remembering Aasiya and Neelofar on their 8th martyrdom anniversary, today, have demanded an investigation by an international probe agency into their abduction, rape and subsequent killing by Indian men in uniform.
According to media sources, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar expressed concern over the attempt by Indian authorities to conceal facts regarding the gruesome act. While describing the incident as shameful, he reiterated call for an investigation of the matter by a neutral body.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik in his statement said that India was demonstrating a criminal mindset towards Kashmiri people by hushing up the facts about the Shopian tragedy. He said that the way the culprits were saved in the case was extremely condemnable. He remarked that the sense of insecurity would continue to haunt Kashmiri mothers and daughters till the culprits of this gruesome act were accorded stern punishment.
Hurriyet leaders and organizations including Zamruda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Farida Bahenji, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Mir Shahid Saleem and Ghulam Nabi War, the Jammu and Kashmir National Front and Dukhtaran-e-Millat in their statements said that such acts on part of Indian forces were aimed at killing the resolve of Kashmiri people for freedom. However, they added that the Kashmiris would continue their struggle for freedom, come what may. They deplored that the perpetrators of this serious crime were roaming scot-free and India was shielding them.
It is to mention here that Aasiya and Neelofar were abducted by Indian men in uniform on the evening of May 29 in 2009 and later raped and killed in custody. Their bodies were recovered from a shallow stream in the town on the next morning.