SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) said on Saturday that it will “explore an alternative strategy” if the seven government employees, who have been suspended on charges of instigating protests against killing of five people in Kupwara, are not reinstated and charges against them withdrawn.
“Suspension of these employees is the worst manifestation of our slavery. Instead of acting against the perpetrators of civilian killings, the so-called administration chose to suspend these employees who raised voice against the brutality and massacre by forces. This is unacceptable to us,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said.
“The employees are part and parcel of our society. How can they remain silent when people are mercilessly killed? We will look for alternatives if their suspension is not revoked,” he said.
The spokesman termed the statement of Kupwara deputy commissioner, who had reportedly said the employees were protesting or instigating the youth to protest, as a sign of “his mental fatigue”.
“Whatever argument and reasons the Mehbooba-led government provides in this regard, the killing of five innocent people cannot be justified in any way,” he said.
“DC Kupwara is a person with a communal mindset. We have received many complaints against him. We are also in close contact with the people of Kupwara and are collecting evidences against him,” Akbar said.
Senior leader of the conglomerate and National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan said in another statement that the suspension of employees is aimed at “punishing Kashmiris and reminding them that they are slaves”.
“It is irony that instead of arresting those involved in the civilian killings, the so-called administration is targeting those who protested against it. This vindicates our stand that enquiry commissions set up by government after every civilian killing are only meant to shield the perpetrators. This is a clear message to the people of this disputed region that they have no right to protest,” he said.