SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, on Tuesday staged a protest against the civilian killings and indiscriminate use of pellet guns by government forces in Kashmir Valley.
Holding placards—‘go India go back’, ‘don’t blind innocents’, and ‘respect human rights of Kashmiris’—and shouting pro-freedom slogans , the lawyers rallied towards the main road from High Court premises here.
“For last 70 years Kashmir are fighting for freedom from occupation of India. Five lakh people were killed in Jammu in 1947 while lakhs of people sacrificed their lives in Kashmir so far. Kashmiris have invested in the freedom movement by shedding their blood into it,” said president of the lawyers body Mian Abdul Qayoom in his address to the protesting lawyers before they dispersed peacefully.
He said that pellet guns used in Kashmir by the forces have left several people blind as more 200 persons have received injures in eyes. “Use of Pellet guns should be immediately stopped in Kashmir,” he said.
The members of the association have boycotted the courts since the start of the uprising following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani at Kokernag on July 8.
Massive protests started following his killing, with the state responding by imposing curfew and communication blockade. While most parts of the Valley remained under curfew till recently, restrictions continue to remain imposed in most of Anantnag and parts of Srinagar.
At least 51 civilians have been killed in the government forces’ action over the protesters, while scores of protesters, mostly youth, have been blinded or wounded by the pellets fired at them.