Srinagar: The Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS) on Friday “condemned in the strongest terms” the barbarity let loose against people, animals and agricultural and horticulture products in Kashmir by government forces.
The KCSDS said in a statement that what the forces are destroying is that which “people have tendered with their sweat and blood and is the only resource for their sustenance, be they Bakarwals whose thirteen horses were trampled over allegedly by army vehicles or the standing paddy fields and haystacks collected with intense hard work that have been set on fire or the packets of apples delicately assembled and patterned by deft hands to earn their livelihood that have been trampled over in Karimabad by army trucks to break peoples’ will.”
“These are unprecedented war crimes committed by those who claim these people as their own. Yet the worst came yesterday when volunteers were arrested and their ambulances seized and stalls forcibly closed down. They stood like a rock these three months of bloodbath and horrors of pellets and bullets when government had completely disappeared from the scene. The crimes are such they have exceeded all savagery. The poor Bakarwals and those whose produce has been destroyed have been devastated. The volunteers who have rendered enormous service to the injured and the blinded, human rights activists and employees must be released without any delay and allowed to serve. The ambulances should be returned immediately,” the KCSDS said.